A Paperback edition by Jessica Abel in English and Spanish (Jul 18, 2008)
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Short Description: From the Harvey and Lulu awardwinning creator of Artbabe comes this riveting story of a young womans misadventures in Mexico City. Carla, an American estranged from her Mexican... Read more
From the Harvey and Lulu awardwinning creator of Artbabe comes this riveting story of a young womans misadventures in Mexico City. Carla, an American estranged from her Mexican father, heads to Mexico City to find herself. She crashes with a former fling, Harry, who has been drinking his way through the capital in the great tradition of his heroes, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Harry is goodhumored about Carlas reappearance on his doorstepuntil he realizes that Carla, who spends her days soaking in the city, exploring Frida Kahlos house, and learning Spanish, has no intention of leaving.When Harry and Carlas relationship of mutual tolerance reaches its inevitable end, she rejects his world of Anglo expats for her own set of friends: pretty-boy Oscar, who sells pot and dreams of being a DJ, and charismatic Memo, a left-wing, pseudointellectual ladies man. Determined to experience the real Mexico, Carla turns a blind eye to her new friends inconsistencies. But then she catches the eye of a drug don, el Gordo, and from that moment on her life gets a lot more complicated, and she is forced to confront the irreparable consequences of her willful innocence.Jessica Abels evocative blackandwhite drawings and creative mix of English and Spanish bring Mexico Citys past and present to life, unfurling Carlas dark history against the legacies of Burroughs and Kahlo. A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and the consequences of trusting easy answers, La Perdidaat once grounded in the particulars of life in Mexico and resonantly universalis a story about finding oneself by getting lost.From the Hardcover edition.