The year is 1941, and Hitler’s armies have swept across Europe. Nora, a budding young Surrealist artist, has fled to Mexico with B.B., a much older and acclaimed Surrealist playwright down on his luck. Hundreds of European artists and writers have formed a colony in Mexico City, and Nora befriends Valencia, a fellow Surrealist artist and refugee.
Together the friends explore Jungian psychology and the power of symbols in their Art
But Nora is plagued by an abusive relationship with B.B. She embarks on a harrowing journey deep into her own troubled psyche.
Inspired by the lives of the brilliant visionary Surrealist artists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington. A Postscript and a list of Sources follows the story.
The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria was published in Full Spectrum 5 (Bantam, Ed. Jennifer Hershey) and included stories by Jonathan Lethem, Karen Joy Fowler, and Neal Stephenson.
From the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel (A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book), The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book), Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery), The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories.