Fiction. Beyond the surface glitter of tech wealth currently overwhelming cities like San Francisco are the interstice communities that have barely survived the onslaught. In the streets, in transient hotels and in rent-controlled buildings, the residents settle and search, trying to hold on in the city at the edge of the world.In these stories, Daphne Gottlieb chronicles inner and outer worlds, shedding light on the significance of a cat, the larger meaning of a parking ticket, the violent mutability of an indoor hurricane, and the contents of a bag as the owner stalks like a wounded tiger through the streets, dragging the memory of her objects through the collection itself. Artful, heartrending, clear-eyed and darkly magical, PRETTY MUCH DEAD is part fable, part witness, and part chorus, giving words to the voices that are only heard when they start to yell.
Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the award-winning author of ten books. Previous works include Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words, a collection of letters from Death Row by the "first female serial killer" to her childhood best friend and 15 Ways to Stay Alive, a collection of poems. She is also the author of five books of poetry, editor of two anthologies, and, with artist Diane DiMassa, the co-creator of the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious. Daphne is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant- Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA