In 99 99-word scenes, this lyrical travel memoir thrusts you into Trayle Kulshan’s round-trip journey from an undeveloped island in the Pacific Northwest to some of the most disastrous places on earth.
Flashes of Trayle’s childhood reveal a picturesque schoolhouse, a teepee, and a farm overshadowed by a predatory stepfather. Fast-forward to her travels, where a Siberian skeleton sets her free, only to be trapped by a smooth rapper. She transports you from a tragic marriage in Guinea marred by death and tradition to her own nuptials scheduled between meetings in Kenya to her Syrian sister-in-law’s wedding full of smoke machines.
Revolving through nine foreign countries, Trayle draws lessons from each one as she witnesses goats and water and war. Her stories link the past to the present, the common to the bizarre, and the imagined to reality. In piercing (and sometimes uncomfortable) detail, she offers surprising ways of experiencing the world while exposing her own shame and renewal.
I Apple Island — To be a child
II Russia — To find freedom
III Guinea — To turn outside in
IV Congo — To tell a story
V Afghanistan — To hear a story
VI Kenya — To dig it up
VII Haiti — To build an ego
VIII Syria — To discover history
IX Egypt — To lift layers
X Dubai — To be of value
XI Apple Island — To return
List of Art
List of Art