Spit and Passion

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by Cristy C. Roads

Feminist Press

10/23/2012, paperback

SKU: 9781558618077


Spit and Passion is about the transformative moment when music crashes into a stifling adolescent bedroom and saves you--suddenly, you belong. In this graphic memoir, cult illustrator Cristy C. Road brings "to vivid life the experiences of a queer-identified Latina punk rocker" (Bitch).

At twelve years old, Cristy is trying to balance the values of a Cuban Catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and begins a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In this stunning memoir, Road renders the clash between her rich inner world of fantasy and the numbing suburban conformity she is surrounded by. She finds solace in the closet--where she lets her deep excitement about punk rock foment and, in that angst and euphoria, finds a path to self-acceptance.


"Veteran punk writer and illustrator Road weaves text and art together in a charming and angst-ridden coming-of-age story. . . .Readers who enjoyed Alison Bechdel's Fun Home will probably empathize with Road's story of sexual exploration and punk rock." --Publishers Weekly

"Road's writing has long brought to vivid life the experiences of a queer-identified Latina punk rocker." --Bitch magazine

"True to Road's punk nature, she fills the page with raw words and drawings that illustrate the wide range of her emotions--from rage to despair." -- Daily News (New York)

" Spit and Passion is a queer, punk Cuban American's coming-of-age memoir that's as brilliant as it is brave. Not to be missed." --Junot Díaz, author of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"I'm a big Cristy C. Roads fan. Spit and Passion is a graphic delight, and the depiction of awkward youth is spot-on, weird, and familiar. --Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

About the author:

Cristy C. Road has reached cult status for work that captures the beauty of the imperfect. Her career began with Greenzine, a punk rock zine, which she made for ten years. She has since published Indestructible, an illustrated novel about high school; Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick, a postcard book; and Bad Habits, a love story about self-destruction and healing. She has also illustrated countless album covers, book jackets, and political organization propaganda. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.