Black Wave by Michelle Tea

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“Black Wave,” part fictionalized memoir, part apocalyptic fantasia, blends dark humor with touches of mysticism to suggest how misleading the phrase “settling down” is. In Tea’s hands, sobriety, love and something like happiness are stranger and more unsettling than bohemian decadence could ever hope to be.
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Desperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and nineties San Francisco, Michelle heads south for LA. But soon it's officially announced that the world will end in one year, and life in the sprawling metropolis becomes increasingly weird.

While living in an abandoned bookstore, dating Matt Dillon, and keeping an eye on the encroaching apocalypse, Michelle begins a new novel, a sprawling and meta-textual exploration to complement her promises of maturity and responsibility. But as she tries to make queer love and art without succumbing to self-destructive vice, the boundaries between storytelling and everyday living begin to blur, and Michelle wonders how much she'll have to compromise her artistic process if she's going to properly ride out doomsday.
 

About Michelle Tea

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Michelle Tea is an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics. Her books, mostly memoirs, are known for their views into the queercore community.
 
Published August 22, 2016 by Amethyst Editions. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Laura Tanenbaum on Sep 23 2016

“Black Wave,” part fictionalized memoir, part apocalyptic fantasia, blends dark humor with touches of mysticism to suggest how misleading the phrase “settling down” is. In Tea’s hands, sobriety, love and something like happiness are stranger and more unsettling than bohemian decadence could ever hope to be.

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