particulate matter

In concise and distilled prose, Lemus presents a collection of still lifes, landscapes, and portraits of a challenging year that threatened all she loved most.

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“A love story that’s profoundly rooted in the emotional, geographical, and sociopolitical terrain of today. Like song lyrics or snapshots, [Lemus’] wisps and fragments of language take on a coded and otherworldly atmosphere, one that conveys wonder and dread almost subliminally…Particulate Matter is a moving example of how to write about climate change, not didactically, but with the deep impact of both personal loss and literary elegance.”
NPR Books

“A tiny, powerful flame of a book. Lemus’ writing lands like sparks and ash, fragmented and tinged with grief. Particulate Matter is an exploration of the simultaneity of delight, yearning, grief and confusion of being in love with a person and a place. Of being alive at all.
San Francisco Chronicle

“There are only a few words per page in Particulate Matter, but that doesn’t actually matter. The words Felicia Luna Lemus does carefully choose serve to paint a brilliant picture of her marriage, of a Los Angeles covered in ash, of dashed hopes and new beginnings.
Good Morning America

“What distinguishes Lemus’ book…is how the nightmare lived by one California couple became, in the summer of 2020, the nightmare lived by much of the West Coast. This makes Particulate Matter not just a memoir but also an oracle, foreseeing the present as we repeat, en masse, a similar ordeal, separated from loved ones and watching the sky rain apocalyptic ash, telling ourselves, as Lemus does, ‘I almost believe this…will end someday.'”
Alta Journal

“…exquisitely crafted….gorgeous…deeply penetrating and philosophical…Particulate Matter drives home the personal consequences of climate change.”
Chicago Review of Books and Yale Climate Connections

“Lemus bears an unmatched precision of the craft. This succinct mic drop of a personal story begs to be read over and over again.”
Booklist

(Akashic Books, 2020)

* Listen to Felicia Luna Lemus read from Particulate Matter at Poets & Writers *