A novel by Cris Mazza
April 1, 1995 • 5.5 x 8.5 • 280 pages • 978-1-56689-031-1
Ten years ago Erin Haley was a young woman named Corinne Staub who was possibly gang raped. She changed her name. She changed cities. She thought she changed her life. But there is no getting past her strange dreams and oddly distorted memories. Compelled to return to her store-away journals for the truth, Erin confronts what really happened to the person she once was—discovering a subtly absorbing story of desire and betrayal, weakness and deceit. And, in the process, she recovers a part of herself which she had abandoned.
About the Author
Cris Mazza is the author of How to Leave a Country, Your Name Here: ___, Exposed, Dog People, and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She was also co-editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction (1995), and Chick-Lit 2 (No Chick Vics) (1996). Mazza’s fiction has been reviewed numerous times in the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Ms. Magazine, Chicago Tribune Books, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Voice Literary Supplement, and many other book review publications.
A native of Southern California, Cris Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and Brooklyn College. Mazza has taught fiction writing at UC San Diego, and was Writer in Residence at Austin Peay State University and at Allegheny College. Since 1993 Mazza has lived outside Chicago. She is a professor in and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In spring 2000 Mazza was the Chairholder in Creative Writing in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, and was an NEA grant recipient in 2000–2001.
“A complicated, disturbing, unflinching portrait of violence, complicity, and rage. Chillingly unaware of implication, Mazza’s narrator—numb, shell-shocked, traumatized—strikes the perfect balance between frenzy and control.” —Carole Maso
“Penetrating examinations of gender roles and identities. . . . Highly original.” —Larry McCaffery