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Trickle-Down Timeline Kindle Edition
In the spirit of her critically acclaimed story collection Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, Cris Mazza has completed a new collection titled Trickle-Down Timeline. The eleven stories and three micro-fictions in Trickle-Down Timeline are focused glimpses into individual lives subtly influenced by the political and social milieu of the 1980s. The title-story, “Trickle-Down Timeline,” which swims within a timeline of carefully selected items from the Reagan presidency, sets the tone for the collection: The “new” conservativism in American politics, which essentially began with Reagan, is a backdrop designed to color these stories about individual people struggling with their own lives in the era just before computers, at the dawn of “safe sex,” for a sub-generation of people who came of age without a war in Vietnam to unite them. The book’s format allows this title story to tint and launch the rest of the collection, arranged with each corresponding to a year from the 1980s.
By now, nostalgia for the 1980s is an established sphere dedicated only to reminiscence about music, movies, TV shows, fads and styles of the decade, geared toward those who were in junior high or high school during the 80s. What this kind of nostalgia seems to say is that to these “children of the 80s” (who were, after all, children in the 80s), the only things that concerned them were music, movies, TV shows, fads and styles. In this way, most popular observations about the 80s tend to support mainstream media’s generalized summary which refers to the 80s as the decade of excess, of consumerism, of superficiality, of the “me-generation.” What is missed, forgotten or disregarded by this kind of accepted emblematic synopsis is that there were other people in the 80s who were struggling, and not just financially. For some people, the surplus and glut were part of some other world, not theirs; and it couldn’t be a “me-generation” if they didn’t know who they were or where they were going. They were often just finding out what they were going to want; or they were, in starting out, already where they were going to end up.
Some situations included in these stories include: lovers who become born-again Christians, childhood heroes beginning to disillusion and disappoint, the strain of women’s careers leading them to abandon their social ideals, divergent careers leading to long-distance relationships; characters grappling with negative body image, resentment of a spouse’s career success, and even a character whose development from childhood can be paralleled with the history of an inauspicious professional baseball team.
Some of these stories were actually written in the 80’s. A very few in the 90’s. Several were written in the 21st century. This allows them to each have their own way of offering an element of the 80s. Whether it is because their narrative style is the voice of a developing fiction writer in the minimalist-crazed 80s, or whether it is because they have the sharper (or sadder) eye of retrospect.
About the Author
Cris Mazza is the author of over a dozen books. Her fiction titles include "Waterbaby" and "Homeland," plus the critically celebrated story collection "Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, " and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning novel "How to Leave a Country." She also has a collection of personal essays, "Indigenous: Growing Up Californian." A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego. Currently she lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
"Cris Mazza chronicles the 80s as the media would like us to forget them, a decade not dictated by yuppies driving Porsches and dining on nouveau cuisine, but by financially struggling young couples and allegedly liberated women whom the myth of "having it all" has left with little. "Trickle-Down Timeline" encapsulates the Reagan era with more ingenuity and genuineness than a dozen "Bright Lights, ""Big"" ""Citie"s and "Less Than Zero"s, and proves that Mazza's reputation as a formal innovator is still going strong, and is coupled here with the emotional wisdom that comes with hard-won experience."
Author of "My Sister s Continent" and "London Calling"
These are amazing stories. Nonlinear and impressionistic, they burrow beneath the surface of Ronald Reagan's America to explore the moody underside of the cold war and conspicuous consumption, finding their inspiration in the lives of characters who can neither manage the yuppie lifestyle, nor find their own way to live life in the 'eighties. There's a sure-handed subtle intelligence at work in these stories. Pinned down by historical facts, they circle, they scheme and brood, trying to escape their own dimensions. In the end they often seem to return to the place where they started, still arguing with themselves: The 'eighties were this way; the 'eighties were that way--scary, sad, ironic, absurd. And, each story reminds you that you were there. A totally fresh slant on historical fiction, "Trickle-Down Timeline "is one terrific read.
Author of "Moon s Crossing "and" Necessary Fictions" """ --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00B8P81YI
- Publisher : Red Hen Press; 1st edition (1 January 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 591 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
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