Myriam Gurba

Mean

“A painfully timely story . . . an artful memoir . . . a powerful, vital book about damage and the ghostly afterlives of abuse.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, intoxicating, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously.
We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would chop off our breasts. We act mean to defend our clubs and institutions. We act mean because we like to laugh. Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty. Being rude to men who deserve it is a holy mission. Sisterhood is powerful, but being a bitch is more exhilarating . . .
Mean calls for a fat, fluorescent trigger warning start to finish—and I say this admiringly. Gurba likes the feel of radioactive substances on her bare hands.” —The New York Times
“Gurba uses the tragedies, both small and large, she sees around her to illuminate the realities of systemic racism and misogyny, and the ways in which we can try to escape what society would like to tell us is our fate.” —Nylon
“With its icy wit, edgy wedding of lyricism and prose, and unflinching look at personal and public demons, Gurba’s introspective memoir is brave and significant.” —Kirkus Reviews
Mean will make you LOL and break your heart.” —The Millions
185 printed pages
Original publication
2017

Impressions

    Vil Luddshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🚀Unputdownable

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Quotes

    Jahir Medinahas quotedlast year
    “Lo mejor que te puedo desear es que te vaya mal.”
    —JENNI RIVERA
    b5511544572has quoted2 months ago
    Lo mejor que te puedo desear es que te vaya mal

    Лучшее, что я могу пожелать вам, это то, что вы ошиблись

    analeyvaihas quoted7 months ago
    Wrecking her makes him feel like she belongs to him.

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