One decision. One time. Eleven years undone.
Our relationship was doomed from the start. The Chinese horoscopes warned us: Don’t even try it! Very very difficult! Run away now. The black angelfish I gave him was deemed a dark omen and bringer of bad luck. He was fire and I was water, and together we formed cai, the Chinese character for disaster. Still we didn’t listen. Still we fell in love. Love would be enough.
~ Peter Trachtenberg, author of 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh
“This is a memoir that spares no one, least of all its unblinking narrator, who records the breakup in prose as clear and bitter as medicine and as beguiling as a dream.”
~ Graywolf Press
Shortlisted for Graywolf Press’ 2010 Nonfiction Prize.
~ Kimberlee Auerbach, author of The Devil, The Lovers and Me: My Life In Tarot
“Angela’s writing is lyrical, quiet and potent. She weaves her stories into a beautiful, cultural tapestry that keeps the reader riveted.”