#Book ⛅ Postcards from the Canyon Í eBook or E-pub free

This is a weird book It s well written, and the narrator comes alive as a character, I m just not clear what the point of the story is She is unlikeable and unhinged, and increasingly bizarre and catastrophic things happen to her Actually, I liked her a little bit in the present day, not as a child. #Book ð Postcards from the Canyon Ù Joanna Jacobs is a Jewish lesbian novelist Her mother just died the FBI has ordered her to get a psychiatric evaluation after an unfortunate telephone call the only woman she s ever loved is shacking up with her best friend her Brooklyn tenement has been taken over by undocumented Chinese immigrants a crew of juvenile delinquents has invaded her apartment through a hole in the closet ceiling and it s been raining for weeksJoanna is trying to preserve her sanity by toiling away on a book about growing up in a world so different from the present one that it s hard to imagine that it ever existed at all But what links her past to her present are her two best girlfriends One remains her steadfast loyal friend But she she s even angry at the other one now than she was when they first met, in the days of skate keys and hula hoops and a future that seemed to stretch into the glorious distance Lisa Gitlin s Postcards from the Canyon is a tour de force of narrative voice Raw, funny, tender, true, Gitlin s coming of age story set in 1960s Cleveland and framed in a coming of older age set in the end times we live in now replete with politics, female friendship and the agonies of the writing life marks Gitlin as one of our Ferrantes It s rare to capture voice like this on the page I loved this novel. Otherwise you should be ashamed of yourself New York author Lisa Gitlin is a gifted writer who burst onto the literary scene with the highly praised I CAME OUT FOR THIS After reading and rereading that novel, his read wrote, Gitlin is unafraid to take potshots at not only Cleveland, but also at Washington, DC, at being Jewish, at the embarrassing foibles of those new to physical escapades, and to be realistic, at life in all its incongruities She is able to tell us a story it sounds as thou Otherwise you should be ashamed of yourself New York author Lisa Gitlin is a gifted writer who burst onto the literary scene with the highly praised I CAME OUT FOR THIS After reading and rereading that novel, his read wrote, Gitlin is unafraid to take potshots at not only Cleveland, but also at Washington, DC, at being Jewish, at the embarrassing foibles of those new to physical escapades, and to be realistic, at life in all its incongruities She is able to tell us a story it sounds as though this may be an autobiographical one, though it is generally said that ALL novels hold autobiographical contents , to entertain us with her close to standup comedienne manner of writing, and at the same time keep us so tied to the crazy machinations of Joanna Kane that we rout for her all the way to bliss So if it is a fresh writer with a sound first novel that is brave enough to relate the world the way it is, this is a perfect book to read now before the demand for it becomes great Now we come to POSTCARDS FROM THE CANYON and all the promises emerging in that first novel come to fruition in this polished and immensely readable The tagline advertising this book hits on the main points Joanna s mother just died, the FBI wants her to get a psychiatric evaluation, undocumented Chinese immigrants have taken over her apartment building, her lover hooks up with her best friend, and the country is being run by lunatics Joanna clings to sanity by writing about her childhood, but plunging back into her tumultuous past only adds chaos to her life The difference is Lisa writes about that life in the1960s described from the vantage of fifty years distance and from New York instead of the Cleveland of history The notes on the book flap outline it best Postcards from the Canyon is a journey through the 1960 s, from the perspective of a disturbed young girl from Cleveland, Ohio Joanna Jacobs is gay but would never in a million years admit it to anyone, not even to herself She and her friends live their lives against a backdrop of events such as the election and assassination of a president, the evolution of 60 s music, white flight in a postwar neighborhood, racial conflicts and rioting on city streets, and, finally, the entrenched homophobia of the times, which deprives Joanna of any hope of ever having a normal life Her terror about herself, combined with a disturbed and chaotic home life, compel her to act out in all kinds of ways She leads a neighborhood campaign to torment a lesbian couple She becomes her school s number one behavior problem She sets fires Her behavior alarms all the adults around her, except her parents, damaged survivors of the Depression and the Great War, who refuse to see their daughter as anything other than perfect Eventually Joanna ends up on a psychiatric ward, where she falls in love with half the nurses, endears herself to the adult patients, makes friends with a bunch of crazy kids, and has so much fun that she never wants to leave But leaving the cocoon of the loony bin forces her to face the scary fact that she can t remain a child forever The story of the girl Joanna is being told by her adult self fifty years later, in modern day New York City She s a writer, and has begun a book of creative nonfiction in order to regain control of her life, which has gone haywire Her mother recently died due to a medical error The FBI has ordered her to get a psychiatric evaluation after she made a hysterical phone call to a TV station The only woman she s ever loved is shacking up with her best friend Her Brooklyn tenement has been taken over by undocumented Chinese immigrants Eventually a crew of juvenile delinquents will invade her apartment and turn it into a clubhouse And then it will start raining for weeks on end Adding to Joanna s distress is that the U.S government is being run by fanatics and lunatics Joanna is trying to preserve her sanity by toiling away at her book about growing up in a world so different from the present one that it s hard to imagine that it ever existed at all But what links her past to her present are her two best girlfriends, the friends who accompanied her on her childhood adventures and who are still in her life, a half century later One of them has remained her steadfast loyal friend But she is furious at the other one She s evenangry at her now than she was when they first met, in the days of skate keys and hoola hoops and a future that seemed to stretch into the glorious distance, that nobody ever imagined would end up becoming the mess that it is today In a word, this is a brilliant book a gay coming of age and surviving that ordeal told by a gifted writer about whom we will undoubtedly be hearingHighly recommended Growing up closetedJoanna struggles with her identity and sense of isolation as a teen, she senses but doesn t acknowledge even to herself that she s gay , while growing up in a loving but dysfunctional family in Cleveland The second person narration is hard to adjust to at first, as are the shifts between it and first person narration Much of the story is absorbing, with the occasional jarring missteps that detract Still, a worthwhile read.