Brain Mill Press
On Sale: September 25, 2018
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Young Adult Historical
Lia is fourteen and losing her best friend. When things
donâ€™t seem like they could get any worse, Ryan disappears.
Lia is one of only a handful of black kids in Coronado, her
San Diego suburb. The only person she feels she can talk to
is punk rock high priestess and frontwoman to a legendary LA
band, Exene Cervenka. Reeling from Ryanâ€™s disappearance, Lia
writes letters and poems to Exene every day. She can relate
to Exeneâ€”but if they were to ever meet, would Exene be able
to relate to her? With Exene and her bandâ€™s searing
soundtrack as her chief inspiration, Lia dives head-first
into a dark and spiky counterculture rife with
confrontation, shifting alliances, and unsettling insights
into what Ryan was doing and what might have happened to her.
Set against the backdrop of the 1980s heyday of LA punk
rock, The Exene Chronicles sings of the coming of a
new age for all girls in America who have been
disenfranchised by the spaces they identified as their own.
With lyrical prose and an unrelenting moral center, Camille
A. Collins liberates the punk in all of us.
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