★Winner of the 2016 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award★
It takes years for Alexis Paige to reach recovery as she detours through depression, blurred landscapes, rehab, and jail.
In Not a Place on Any Map, Alexis explores the switch-backing emotional terrain of traumas and triumphs, as well as the disparate landscapes where they unfold.
In rich, evocative snapshots of Chicago, the desert Southwest, California, New England, and Texas, Alexis traces a peripatetic childhood shaped by loss and dislocation that tumbles into an early adulthood spent chasing excitement from coast to coast and abroad.
After being raped in Italy on her first trip to Europe at twenty-five, Alexis goes adrift in despair from which only drugs and alcohol provide escape.
Through flash lyric essays, Alexis pursues a lost sense of self and home after trauma, but as she discovers, home is not a place marked neatly on any map.
Ultimately, Alexis does not find home at all, but a truer place; one made all the sweeter for having traveled so far to find it.
Not a Place on Any Map by Alexis Paige (ePub + PDF)