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Confessions of a Carnivore Paperback – April 27, 2015
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About the Author
Diane Lefer is an award-winning fiction author, playwright, and occasional rabble-rouser. She has studied primate behavior for the Research Department of the Los Angeles Zoo for almost twenty years and brings attention and affection to the rescue cats at the Amanda Foundation. Her ongoing collaboration with Colombian exile Hector Aristizábal includes Theater of the Oppressed workshops in the US and abroad, their nonfiction book, The Blessing Next to the Wound: A story of art, activism, and transformation, and their play Nightwind which has toured the US and more than 30 other countries as part of the worldwide movement to end the practice of torture.
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The narrator talks directly to us and it soon becomes clear she’s not all there. She’s half-dead with grief, reeling from the fallout of a failed marriage to an alcoholic and now unable to love anything or anyone beyond her cat. She gets mixed up in a protest theater group and then involved in a series of increasingly bizarre incidents.
To try to summarize the plot would be a fool’s errand, but I found this book terrifically entertaining in an absurd, where’s-she-going-to-take-us-next? kind of way. And just when we’re waiting for the next laugh, the novel surprises us by becoming something altogether more moving.
As a follow-up to the shimmering, award-winning "California Transit", Confessions of a Carnivore doesn’t disappoint. It’s full of wild ideas and crazy conceits, and still manages to warm the heart. (jjawilson.wordpress.com)