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The Iliac Crest: Brazos Bookstore

  • Brazos Bookstore 2421 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)

This excavation of forgotten Mexican women writers illustrates how gendered language wields destructive power.


Join author Cristina Rivera Garza for a reading and Q&A at Brazos Bookstore to celebrate the launch of THE ILIAC CREST!

On a dark and stormy night, two mysterious women invade an unnamed narrator’s house, where they proceed to ruthlessly question their host’s identity. While the two women are strangely intimate, even inventing a secret language, they harass the narrator by claiming repeatedly that they know his greatest secret: that he is, in fact, a woman. As the increasingly frantic protagonist fails to defend his supposed masculinity, he eventually finds himself in a sanatorium.

Published for the first time in English, this Gothic tale destabilizes male-female binaries and subverts literary tropes. 

An intelligent, beautiful story about bodies disguised as a story about language disguised as a story about night terrors. Cristina Rivera Garza does not respect what is expected of a writer, of a novel, of language. She is an agitator.
— Yuri Herrera, author of Kingdom Cons
The Iliac Crest
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