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The Vicious Red Relic, Love

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The Vicious Red Relic, Love
a fabulist memoir by
Anna Joy Springer

“Best LGBT Book of 2012…Should be on every bookshelf.”
—Laurie Weeks for Band of Thebes

“A page turner…electric”
—Alice Notley, author of The Descent of Alette and Culture of One

“Anna Joy Springer fabulates a trauma memoir of losing her bipolar lover to AIDS and, in so doing, creates a unique literary form, one that ignores the often fraught line between truth and fiction in pursuit of something more elusive”
—American Book Review


“A powerful book of love, trauma, loss, and forgiveness.”
—Lambda Literary

“There is only one Anna Joy Springer. Only one. Her words take me from kitten to monster and back again in a way only she can do. I love this book.”
—Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre

Anna Joy Springer’s fantastical memoir, The Vicious Red Relic, Love, is a thickly layered exploration of love, lust, loss, and grief—and of the differing selves called into play as imperfect humans navigate desire.”
—The Journal

“Anna Joy Springer’s The Vicious Red Relic, Love is a gnarly siren song of a book…. [O]nce read, it will live perfectly inside you forever.”

“This writing just turns me on. The blatantness. The naming. The pain of becoming and being revealed by way of the prurient requirements of our relations.”
—The Lit Pub

“With intelligence and heart she enlarges the things of which a novel is capable. How very lucky I am to have read it!”
—Carole Maso, author of AVA and Break Every Rule

“My god, this book is beautiful… Each sentence is a journey.”
—Doug Rice, author of Between Appear and Disappear and Blood of Mugwump: A Tiresian Tale of Incest

“She writes about sex, lust, passion, power so damn well, too damn well. She doesn’t separate any of it. She keeps it close. Tight and scary…. I highly recommend this book.”
—The Collagist