Size: 6 x 9
Bouzi is low rent. She can afford peroxide, but in 29,778 words, you're not going to find her using it. She still wears black acetate and lycra, but her mind is on a deeper subject-the god swaddled in her memory, now taking over her 21-year-old universe: the poet-performance artist Jesse Costco.
Bouzi tells the story of her search for Jesse in retrospect; but at times her narrative can lapse into the present tense, as if to indicate how alive these scenes remain to her.
Review: "In 29,778 words, Robin manages to create the quintessential Gen-X relationship from beginning to end, in a rich jungle of language. She intersperses verse in the text; still, the writing is rhythmic and beautiful that the poems do not break up the story....This is a story that should be read aloud to be appreciated."
"...Robin's enraptured paragraphs render this short narrative distant kin to the work of Elizabeth Smart, or to Allen Ginsberg's Howl, which Jesse and Bouzi invoke. Like those authors...Robin combines real literary power with appeal to teen readers, who may see beyond the well-placed props of a generation-the secondhand skates, the junk food, the clothes in piles-and thoroughly enjoy this odd debut.
Bio: JENNIFER ROBIN'S short stories and poems have appeared in Plazm Magazine, Dark Bizarra, Fractalized, and Logos. Upon graduating cum laude from the University of Rochester, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she works as an editorial assistant. Bouzi is her first novel.