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Which art is codified and commodified a contemporary philosophical novel about art originality and American cultureFelicelli's remarkable CHIMERICA is a coolly surrealist legal thriller in turns sly absurd emotionally vivid and satirically incisive that shifts the reader into a world just adjacent to our own Jonathan LethemFelicelli blends the matter of fact with the mysterious in this utterly uniue and compellingly readable debut CHIMERICA is than the story of a woman coming into he A brilliant thought provoking page turnerIn Chimerica Maya the novel s narrator and protagonist is an ambitious lawyer who s alone at the novel s beginning her husband having left her and taken their children She finds herself in trouble at work too then winds up attempting to help a giant lemur who has escaped from a mural I fell head over heels for this novel which is both an extraordinary work of literature and a gripping page turner It s emotionally entirely realistic both in the complex depiction of Maya and the talking lemur who is also a disputed work of art and one of my favorite characters ever The writing is gorgeous Here s a moment from when Maya and the lemur first meet Took you long enough to notice my existence said the lemur His solemn amber eyes were unblinking His intonation was musical but it faded at the end of the phrase He stretched his black furry arms wide and leaned back against the fence with his white furry belly exposed like he wanted to sun himself His black hairy hands or were they paws were covered with mud and grassAt first I couldn t speak What I said next I said to cover up my surprise because like most trial attorneys I hated the sensation of being startled or made to reveal surprise It feels like losing control and if you don t have control you re open to all sorts of hostile maneuvers and attacks How can I help you It s serious and it s fun it s art and it s entertainment In the course of the book Anita Felicelli captures the workings of the legal system and takes on uestions of identity culture assimilation caste class race ethnicity and gender Chimerica captured my heart utterly and I recommend it to everyone who loves one of a kind vivid beautifully written fictionNote I received a free e galley from the publisher with no stipulations about reviews I interviewed the author that interview is up at the online literary magazine Full Stop and I hope people will read it to get of a sense of this book Then I bought the book at a reading because I wanted to own a physical copy I plan to reread this book just to spend time with the characters and with Anita Felicelli s wonderful prose

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R own power; it's a keen dive into the worlds of law visual art and marriage You really couldn't ask for a novel with better ingredients Did I mention there's a talking lemur THERE'S A TALKING LEMUR Kelly LuceCHIMERICA is the novel about trial lawyers talking lemurs and public art you never knew you needed Anita Felicelli's charming prose and intriguing characters pull you in and keep you engaged I'm thankful for this wonderfully odd yet beautifully accessible novel Rajesh Parameswar I thoroughly enjoyed Chimerica It s a novel that s hard to classify a blend of a number of genres tense courtroom drama noir magical realism literary fiction and it kept me turning the pages The plot the uniue premise the uirky imperfectly perfect characters and the execution all work well Oh and there s a sentient lemur I fell in love with An impressive accomplishment

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Fiction California Interest Down and out Tamil American trial lawyer Maya Ramesh fights to save a painted lemur come to life and in settings that range from Oakland California to a Malagasy rain forest becomes a champion for them both In magical realist tradition Anita Felicelli's satiric novel CHIMERICA looks at the inherent absurdities that drive systems of culture power and law Fans of Maruez Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi will find CHIMERICA a spirited investigation of the ways in The power of this incredible poignant contemporary and fantastical story soars above the freuently hackneyed writing Anita Felicelli is a brilliant writer Just not a technically good one The core of her story who is allowed personhood in the American legal system and the white supremacist patriarchal hoops one must navigate to prove personhood within that system is so great that you can gloss over the bad writingediting and be satisfied with the conclusions she comes to and even the short sketch of the future she gives you at the end The sum of this book is blessedly larger than its parts Would recommendETA My reading of the author s writing style as hackneyed and not technically good may be a misreading of an intentional style that lets many different types of reader in at different entry points Maybe a reader who is fascinated by a legal thriller wouldn t stay in the story if there weren t extraordinarily obvious tropes trotted out A straight legal thriller would certainly be didactic and would obscure the personhood point and the personalities of the most vulnerable people involved so keep that in mind RE style I am writing this addendum because I noticed there aren t a lot of written reviews and while I hope the author isn t reading public reviews of her work I also don t want to have a review posted that could read as ungenerous because I think this story is so great


About the Author: Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is the author of CHIMERICA A NOVEL and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award Her essays and criticism have appeared in Slate Salon SF Chronicle Los Angeles Review of Books Catapult the New York Times Modern Love and elsewhere Born in South India she lives in the Bay Area with her family



10 thoughts on “Chimerica

  1. says:

    Chimerica is a sweeping Murakamiesue Romance unraveling the mysteries ofintellectual property law Merging the mundane and the magical Felicelli's leaping lemur illustrates the illimitable essentially illicit nature of Art Try to possess ideas images etc and they will easily elude your grasp to circulate in the unincorpo

  2. says:

    Maya Ramesh is a lawyer who has sacrificed so much for success that keeps eluding her But what's working against her persona

  3. says:

    The power of this incredible poignant contemporary and fantastical story soars above the freuently hackneyed writing Anita Felicelli is a brilliant writer Just not a technically good one The core of her story—who is allowed personhood in the American legal system and the white supremacist patriarchal hoops one must na

  4. says:

    I loved this book and didn't want it to end It's a page turner that's also a novel of ideas a legal thriller and a fabulist cryptozoological tale I rooted for the smart spiky protagonist and her pragmatic yet mythological client throughout Highest recommendation

  5. says:

    Excellent book

  6. says:

    A brilliant thought provoking page turnerIn Chimerica Maya the novel’s narrator and protagonist is an ambitious lawyer who’s alone at the novel’s beginning her husband having left her and taken their children She finds herself in trouble at work too then winds up attempting to help a giant lemur who has escaped from a mural I fell head over heels for this novel which is both an extraordinary work of literature an

  7. says:

    Here's what I wrote in the newspaper

  8. says:

    A gorgeous magical and fun novel What is the self what is identity how does an immigrant forge an identity that can be true to oneself and to l

  9. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Chimerica It's a novel that's hard to classify a blend of a number of genres tense courtroom drama noir magical realism literary fiction and it kept me turning the pages The plot the uniue premise the uirky imperfectly p

  10. says:

    I discovered this title in an article about women writing noir But Chimerica is not just noir It’s fantasy it’s a legal thriller it’s about love acceptance and belonging It’s really weird and really good Highly recommend

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