The Rhetoric of Streets
a novel by Juli Kearns
Tell me a story that's true rather than factual.
Tell me a story I can believe in.
Tell me a story about everyone and anyone. About us all.
A photographer's fifteen-year-long vigil for her missing sister wears upon her personal, family, and professional life, during which time she struggles with whether the disappearance was intentional. Is her sister dead? Was foul play involved? Did she commit suicide? Did she instead vanish in order to take up another life elsewhere? Might she ever return? An exploration of loss, parenthood, the artistic impulse, the wear and tear of culturally-condoned misogyny, and how the trauma of assault affects individuals similarly yet differently.
The novel begins with Athine waking.
"We are in the death zone, so-called as here the human body fails to regenerate and begins to die, for which reason we must attain our goal quickly and return to safety, or fail and leave but survive," a voice says, which will not be recollected. A residual and telltale grain of its sand briefly troubles the sole of her foot on this side of the threshold over which she has crossed less than an atom's measure of an instant before, the world in which she was disappearing so rapidly, unless her foot finds that stray particle of sand (which it doesn't always) no realization of her departing and crossing the threshold is had.
Published 2016. Paperbound, 660 pages.
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