P&P Live! Cristina Rivera Garza — Liliana's Invincible Summer - wtih Merve Emre

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Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 1:00pm

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Books & Books, Politics & Prose, and Harvard Book Store are excited to present an evening with author Cristina Rivera Garza, for her latest book, Liliana's Invincible Summer.

September 2019. Cristina Rivera Garza travels from her home in Texas to Mexico City, in search of an old, unresolved criminal file. "My name is Cristina Rivera Garza," she wrote in her request to the attorney general, "and I am writing to you as a relative of Liliana Rivera Garza, who was murdered on July 16, 1990." It's been twenty-nine years. Twenty-nine years, three months, and two days since Liliana was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend--and Cristina knows there is only a slim chance of recovering the file. And yet, inspired by feminist movements across the world and enraged by the global epidemic of femicide and intimate partner violence, she embarks on a path toward justice. Liliana's Invincible Summer is the account--and the outcome--of that extraordinary quest.

In luminous, poetic prose, Rivera Garza tells a singular yet universally resonant story: that of a spirited, wondrously hopeful young woman who tried to survive in a world of increasingly normalized gendered violence. Following her decision to recover her sister's file, Rivera Garza traces the history of Liliana's life, from her early romance with a handsome but possessive and short-tempered man, to that exhilarating final summer of 1990 when Liliana loved, thought, and traveled more widely and freely than she ever had before.

Using her remarkable talents as an acclaimed scholar, novelist, and poet, Rivera Garza collected and curated evidence--handwritten letters, police reports, school notebooks, interviews with Liliana's loved ones--to render and understand a life beyond the crime itself. Through this remarkable and genre-defying memoir, Rivera Garza confronts the trauma of losing her sister and examines from multiple angles how this tragedy continues to shape who she is--and what she fights for--today.

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of The Taiga Syndrome and The Iliac Crest, among many other books. A recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" grant and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, Rivera Garza is the M.D. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Hispanic studies at the University of Houston, where she also directs the creative writing program in Spanish.

Rivera Garza will be in conversation with Merve Emre. Emre is a professor at Oxford, the author of several books, and an award-winning critic at The New Yorker. She is currently a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan University.


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Liliana's Invincible Summer: A Sister's Search for Justice By Cristina Rivera Garza Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593244098
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hogarth - February 28th, 2023