Amnesia of June Bugs

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7.13 Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.79 inches | 0.99 pounds

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About the Author
Jackson Bliss is a (non) fiction writer, librettist, screenwriter, and composer. He is the mixed-race/hapa author of Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022), Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022), and the speculative fiction hypertext, Dukkha, My Love (2017). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Guernica, Antioch Review, TriQuarterly, ZYZZYVA, Columbia Journal, Boston Review, Longreads, Fiction, Witness, Kenyon Review, among others. He lives in LA with his wife and their two dogs.

"Jackson Bliss paints with words. He is the Kendrick Lamar of the literary world."

-REGINA KING, Emmy-award-winning actress & director

"Amnesia of June Bugs is a lush, kaleidoscopic love song to the city. Jackson Bliss's voice is original, and intricately wrought. It is cerebral and tender. There is so much passion and love in these pages. I love how central a role identity and mixed race experience play here, and how this thrilling story keeps you gripped all the while, like a train underground in a storm, headed for what you can't know but can't stop reading to find out."

-TOMMY ORANGE, Pulitzer Prize winning author of There There

"In Amnesia of June Bugs, Jackson Bliss has written a bold, innovative masterpiece. I luxuriated over every sentence of this smart, zeitgeisty novel. At once tender and acute, Bliss deftly captures the multifaceted lives of his diverse cast of characters. The amalgamation of honest characters, stylistic feats, and shrewd social commentary makes this singular novel a must-read.

-AMY MEYERSON, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays and The Imperfects

"In Amnesia of June Bugs, Jackson Bliss delivers a hip, intimate, and heartfelt exploration of our multicultural, cosmopolitan world, one full of promise and yet under threat. He is one of the great advocates and defenders of such a world, so urgently embodied in this very necessary novel."

-VIET THANH NGUYEN, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer

"I love this book. Word for word, sentence for sentence, page for page, Jackson Bliss is a narrative and syntactical wonder. And in this novel-a cultural takedown that is at times gentle, at times furious and incisive-he takes no prisoners. Each character is both an ordinary individual navigating an unforgiving 21st urban landscape-Paris, Seattle, Chicago, New York-and an indefatigable warrior committed to love, to art, and to dispensing with the racism, hatred, and violence they encounter on the daily. Amnesia of June Bugs is a howl and a call to recreate the world one friendship, one lover, once chance urban encounter at a time. I will read it again and again.

-BONNIE NADZAM, author of Lions and Lamb

"A virtuosic feat of storytelling with fire on every page. It feels prophetic, like a meditation on aspects of identity and pop culture that haven't even been invented yet."

-JAMIE FORD, NYT bestselling author of books not as well written as this one

"In Amnesia of June Bugs, Ginger Lin, Winnie Yu, Aziz Al-Wahnan, and Suzanne Gupta are trapped on the C-train in the NYC underground. Hurricane Sandy swirls above. In this brief rupture in time, their rebellious metamorphoses intersect, stories emerging from hybrid bodies, woven cultures, translingual narratives at play with graffiti, screenplay, questionnaire, lyric lists. Jackson Bliss, diasporic hapa-Whitman, has written protest poem, manifesto, and anthem-a 21st century love song to America.

-KAREN TEI YAMASHITA, author of Sansei & Sensibility: Stories

"Jackson Bliss is as verbally exuberant as any writer I've come across in years. Amnesia of June Bugs is beautifully conceived, powerful, affecting, hip, comedic, and as close to being of-the-moment as it is possible for a novel to be."

-T.C. BOYLE, award-winning author of The Terranauts