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Getting Over Vivian (Paperback)

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"Denver author Jill Carstens remembers - and is fighting for - old Denver. Will you?"-Teague Bohlen, Westword

"Getting Over Vivian takes readers through Denver's economic ups and downs, as Carstens experienced them, and to places that will feel familiar to readers who have lived in the area a while - El Chapultepec, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Common Grounds coffeehouse and more... Getting Over Vivian is a story of family, love and loss set against a backdrop of familiar Front Range settings. And it's a story about a changing place and the people who live, or lived, there."-Kathryn White, The Denver North Star

Navigating the loss of a Colorado home.

Jill Carstens developed her identity as a child running through the vacant fields of the neighborhood where her parents built their house on Vivian Street within a stone's throw of Colorado's front range.

It was an unspoken assumption that they would live happily on Vivian Street forever. But it is lost and so is she, at the age of sixteen, by an ugly divorce. Carstens and her brother are evicted from the only life they know, displaced on unexpected detours.

"Soon the only role my brother and I seem to have is to stretch ourselves, impossibly, like tightropes, spanning the frustrating distance between our parents' new houses."

Yet if it weren't for that exodus, she might not have set off to find new places of belonging. Her searching validates her notion that place does matter. And that finding a community within those places is vital. As Carstens' journey evolves, she faces continued loss while Denver goes through a disruptive gentrification.

Eventually, through milestones and adventures, using her lens of perpetual self-reflection, she will discover unlikely coordinates, places that begin to connect, creating junctions leading to a new life-map.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948598729
ISBN-10: 1948598728
Publisher: Open Books Publishing (UK)
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2023
Pages: 178
Language: English
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