Acclaimed debut novelist Juliet Escoria will be at The Book Catapult on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her novel, Juliet the Maniac. Juliet will be in-conversation with local author Julia Dixon Evans.
A highly anticipated debut - from a writer hailed as "a combination of Denis Johnson and Joan Didion" (Dazed) - brilliantly captures the intimate triumph of a girl's struggle to become the woman she knows she can be.
Ambitious, talented fourteen-year-old honors student Juliet is poised for success at her Southern California high school. However, she soon finds herself on an increasingly frightening spiral of drug use, self-harm, and mental illness that lands her in a remote therapeutic boarding school, where she must ultimately find the inner strength to survive.
"Juliet Escoria, I wanted to eat your book, devour it, make it part of my body and then send it screaming for life back into the world. A voice and style triumph. A brilliant cry against cultural girl inscriptions.” -Lidia Yuknavich, author of The Book of Joan
”Searing… reminiscent of Eve Babitz’s work… Escoria’s novel is a moving and intimate portrait of girlhood and mental illness.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Juliet Escoria is the author of the poetry collection WITCH HUNT (Lazy Fascist Press 2016) and the story collection BLACK CLOUD (CCM/Emily Books 2014), which were both listed in various best of the year roundups. Her writing can be found in places like Lenny, Catapult, VICE, Prelude, Dazed, and Hobart and has already been translated into many languages. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, the writer Scott McClanahan.
Julia Dixon Evans is author of the novel How to Set Yourself on Fire. Her work can be found in McSweeney’s, Paper Darts, Pithead Chapel, Fanzine, Flapperhouse, Hobart, San Diego CityBeat, and elsewhere. She is Senior Columns Editor for The Coil (an imprint of Alternating Currents Press), Nonfiction Editor for Noble Gas Qtrly, and hosts the brand new literary reading and workshop series Last Exit. She is the former program director and editor for So Say We All, a literary nonprofit and small press. She lives in San Diego.