Revolution (memoir)/ Natural Citizens (graphic novel)
Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War tells the story of Unferth, at eighteen, running away from college with her boyfriend and attempting to join the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. The year is 1987, a turning point in the Cold War. In a comic twist on both the traditional war narrative and the coming-of-age memoir, the couple find themselves unwanted, unhelpful, unprepared and, finally, disillusioned—with the revolution and each other. Advance praise comes from Dave Eggers, who says, “You’ll devour it,” Heidi Julavits, who calls Unferth “one of the most ambitious and inspirational writers working today,” and Kirkus Reviews: “Unferth writes with a sly, understated appreciation for the absurd.” A follow-up to Revolution, the graphic novel Natural Citizens, deals with similar themes of the youthful search for meaning.
2012: Revolution is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography
2011: Revolution is published by Henry Holt and Co.
Mar 02 – Mar 02, 2011
Deb Olin Unferth discusses "Revolution" at the Kansas City Public Library
May 22 – May 22, 2010
Deb Olin Unferth and Ben Marcus have a reading at Bowery Poetry Club in NYC