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In my life of still dreaming the trailer park, I walk through all of its streets. They are short streets, it is a short life. It is nighttime, the moon shines through the yellow streetlights onto dirt and cement and gravel and every pool of light and every shadow is all my own. There is no sound in the whole park except the sound of my voice, loud like a vandal, like a baseball bat, bouncing from corrugated wall to corrugated wall, yelling back at me from empty carports and half-open sheds, so confident, crazy and strong, I can't be sure if it is my own or my Mama's, if it is my own or Grandma's bones, full of both threat and promise, walking along the Calle and waking it with these words, one word for each step: I am a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven and hell flower. I am
a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven and hell flower. I 
am a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven and hell flower. 
I am a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven and hell 
flower. I am a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven and 
hell flower. I am a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven 
and hell flower. I am a heaven and hell flower. I am a heaven 

From Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Available on audio from Tantor Media 
and in paperback from Picador.

Winner: 2013 Alex Award.
Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction's 
 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. 
Finalist for the Poetry Center's Paterson Fiction Pize.
Finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Booklist Editor's Choice: Best Adult Books
for Young Adults 2012.
Largehearted Boy: Favorite Novels of 2012.
Library Journal's Best Books of 2012.
NPR: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books of 2012.