Blue Suburbia "First thing is the belt/worn soft from my father's pant loops/curling like a black eternity glyph/across my legs." Thus begins Albanese's lyrical and often graphic… Blue Suburbia "First thing is the belt/worn soft from my father's pant loops/curling like a black eternity glyph/across my legs." Thus begins Albanese's lyrical and often graphic… 2004-03-01 Nonfiction
Book Review

Blue Suburbia (2004)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Mar 01, 2004; Writer: Laurie Lico Albanese; Genre: Nonfiction

''First thing is the belt/worn soft from my father's pant loops/curling like a black eternity glyph/across my legs.'' Thus begins Albanese's lyrical and often graphic memoir, told entirely in free verse. She survives a stormy suburban adolescence (''I passed out at the wheel/smashed into a house/totaled the car'') and lands a job in New York City, but never shakes her roots. The day she sees Picasso's Guernica her heart throbs: ''I'll never catch up/because I am a daughter of blue suburbia/raised on Campbell's soup casseroles/and cans of crispy onions.'' Later, she grapples with marriage, parenthood, and her mother's death, nearly suffering a nervous breakdown. As she pulls back from the edge and finds joy in life, Albanese delivers a rare reading experience -- moving but never sentimental.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints
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