Voice/Over: A Memoir Breakout in 7 Movies opens in the rural American west, following Faith Adiele’s whimsical coming of age as the only multiracial girl in a Nordic immigrant family obsessed with movies and voting. Set on one particular infamous election day, the formally-inventive memoir plays with the screenplay form, casting family members as characters in iconic American movies. Striking visual collages establish her union organizer grandfather, Finland’s reindeer battalions, James Bond, The Magnificent Seven, and others as unlikely models in Faith’s quest for heroism, identity and the American dream.
When read together with Her Voice (released simultaneously) Voice/Over provides an innovative “breakout” performative, a supplemental yet stand-alone praxis that expands the vision of the memoir genre (against capital-“H” History and capital- “T” Truth) beyond the singular, breaking free of convention, inclusive of hybrid, multiple, always personal/political, and ever-expanding genre/s.
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Published by Texas Review Press