NewPages Reviews The Memoirs of JonBenet

Over at NewPages, Trena Machado reviews Michael du Plessis’s The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker. Machado successfully guides us into du Plessis’ (or is it Kathy Acker’s? or JonBenet’s?) alternate-reality-Boulder, CO town:

This book of thirteen short essay-stories, The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker by Michael du Plessis, is dense with conflated cultural images that construct an alternate unreal-real reality of consumer America. The story’s location is Boulder, Colorado, in a a snowglobe, the kind bought at a “cheap airport gift store and stuck at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.” Boulder is also the place where JonBenet, a six-year-old beauty pageant queen and possibly one of the narrators, was murdered on Christmas Eve in 1996. The other possible narrator of this “fiction inside a fiction” is the dead writer Kathy Acker. Then, there is another narrator, as JonBenet and Kathy Acker discuss: “Somewhere a narrator still worries, almost like a grown-up.” These narrators “out” each other and often call attention to the narrative as a narrative.

Read Machado’s full review at NewPages.

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