Exquisite Mariposa by Fiona Alison Duncan audiobook

Exquisite Mariposa: A Novel

By Fiona Alison Duncan
Read by Natasha Soudek

Blackstone Publishing 9781593765781
5.39 Hours 1
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Given the initials F.A.D. at birth, Fiona Alison Duncan has always had an eye for observing the trends around her. But after years of trying to please others, looking for answers in books and astrological charts, and clocking endless hours as a celebrity journalist just to make rent, Fiona discovers another way of existing: in the Real, a phenomenological state few humans live in. Fiona’s journey to the Real takes her to Koreatown, Los Angeles, where she sublets a room in La Mariposa. There she meets a cast of friends and lovers, like Amalia, an artist whose muse is her pet pigeon; Lucien, an infamous philanderer; and Morgan, whose anxiety keeps her from ever sitting still. When Fiona is offered the chance to turn her new household into a reality TV show, she jumps at the opportunity―but it isn’t long before she begins to question this new script. In the midst of her Saturn Return, Fiona pulls the plug on the reality TV deal, heals a few addictions, and returns to writing with Exquisite Mariposa, a debut novel starring her housemates as they ask questions of survival, art, love, language, and the possibilities of rewriting one’s life.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

Longlisted for the Northern California Book Award for Fiction

A Nylon Magazine Pick of the Month

A High Country News Pick of the Season's Best Books

A Millions.com Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

Given the initials F.A.D. at birth, Fiona Alison Duncan has always had an eye for observing the trends around her. But after years of trying to please others, looking for answers in books and astrological charts, and clocking endless hours as a celebrity journalist just to make rent, Fiona discovers another way of existing: in the Real, a phenomenological state few humans live in.

Fiona’s journey to the Real takes her to Koreatown, Los Angeles, where she sublets a room in La Mariposa. There she meets a cast of friends and lovers, like Amalia, an artist whose muse is her pet pigeon; Lucien, an infamous philanderer; and Morgan, whose anxiety keeps her from ever sitting still. When Fiona is offered the chance to turn her new household into a reality TV show, she jumps at the opportunity―but it isn’t long before she begins to question this new script.

In the midst of her Saturn Return, Fiona pulls the plug on the reality TV deal, heals a few addictions, and returns to writing with Exquisite Mariposa, a debut novel starring her housemates as they ask questions of survival, art, love, language, and the possibilities of rewriting one’s life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wordplay and sonic games abound.” New Yorker
“Exquisite Mariposa knows the seduction of stars (celebrities) and stars (celestial).” Los Angeles Review of Books
“A funny, thought-provoking novel that levels pointed critiques at gender and class inequality and captures what it’s like to be a young person today.” Foreword Reviews
“A splendidly weird and comforting debut novel about the costs of living happily in a society overrun with demoralizing demands.” Paperback Paris
“An original, insightful debut that doesn’t quite fit in a box—but checks them all.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Exquisite Mariposa is one of those books that had me from the first sentence to the last and beyond. Duncan churns up all the digital, performative, hypersocial chaos of our present ‘reality,’ even of the near future, and crystallizes it into dreamy and raw poetry. Page after page, paragraph after paragraph, this story, built on jewel-like insights, sometimes made me laugh and sometimes made me sad and always registered as true.” Jardine Libaire, author of White Fur
“Ecstatic and painful, Exquisite Mariposa is a diligent search for the heart of The Real, taking its place alongside the great Young Girl books of becoming, from Mary McCarthy’s The Company She Keeps to Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends. To Duncan, The Real equals self-knowledge, compassion, perception. She is a genius and I’d follow her anywhere.” Chris Kraus, author of After Kathy Acker
“An unapologetically raw account of coming of age broke in Trump-era Los Angeles in the social media–saturated Now, this meditation (almost manifesto?) on materialism, media, power, performance, and sexuality uses inventive, of-the-moment language to tackle that circuitous route to self-discovery that is your twenties—in a startlingly original way.” Lilibet Snellings, author of Box Girl: My Part Time Job As an Art Installation

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Author

Author Bio: Fiona Alison Duncan

Author Bio: Fiona Alison Duncan

Fiona Alison Duncan is a Canadian American artist, writer, and organizer. She’s the founding host of Hard to Read, a lit series, and Pillow Talk, community organizing on sex, love, and communication. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English