California Calling: A Self-Interrogation


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Hawthorne Books
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5.5 X 0.8 X 9.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Natalie Singer is the author of the memoir CaliforniaCalling: A Self-Interrogation (Hawthorne Books, March 2018). Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in journals, magazines, and newspapers including Proximity, Lit Hub, Hypertext, Literary Mama, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, ParentMap, Alligator Juniper, Brain, Child, Largehearted Boy, The Nervous Breakdown, The Cut, Full Grown People and the 2015 anthology Love and Profanity. Natalie has been the recipient of several awards, including the Pacific Northwest Writers Association nonfiction prize and the Alligator Juniper nonfiction prize. California Calling was first runner up for the Red Hen Press nonfiction prize and a finalist for the Autumn House Press nonfiction prize. Natalie has taught writing inside Washington State's psychiatric facility for youth and Seattle's juvenile detention center, and she has worked as a journalist at newspapers around the West. She is a 2017-2018 writer-in-residence at On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, where her writing responds to the season's works and creates a conversation with the community. Natalie earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Seattle. (@Natalie_Writes)


In her captivating literary memoir... Singer's story comes through brief and lovely snapshots of moments, captured in language that is visceral and vivacious... a work that is both raw and incandescent, but whose most powerful reveals will perhaps reemerge in the reader's consciousness only after the fact. This is a California that, as promised, truly does belong to all.--Foreword Reviews
A mostly compelling book about a complicated question: if identity is made of memory and memory does not cohere, how do we build a self from the shards?--Kirkus Reviews
In this searing book... Singer's candor and self-questioning are humbling. She writes with melodic precision and sunshine-soaked imagery, crafting a powerful and memorable memoir.--Booklist
Love, escape, education, and family... These subjects are intertwined in ways that make for emotionally engrossing reading.--Library Journal