trace elements of random tea parties

“Edgy, exuberant . . . fun, rollicking and a little bit dangerous . . .”
Publishers Weekly

“[Lemus’] sentences at their best are so condensed, so packed and hot, they’re on the verge of exploding. Bursting at the seams with pizzazz and invention.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A spry debut from a writer who’s got the skills.”
Kirkus Reviews

“With prose that nearly sings off the page, Lemus [tells] an ancient story about love that’s worth waiting for.”
Out Magazine

“A distinctive and original narrative voice…Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties captures the messy, pinball reality of a young, urban dyke princess, struggling to carve out a place in the world.”
­-Lambda Book Report

“…with its tight prose, rich imagery, and emotion dappled-scenarios…Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties unfurls gritty-hipster-queer-lust stories ready to be devoured.”
Flaunt Magazine

“An edgy and risky debut that leaps over clichés and lands in the center of the modern-day intricacies of a new generation.”
El Paso Times

“Lemus’ dynamic language and pacing…offer deep insights into familia and cultura without an ounce of heavy-handedness.”
—Latina Magazine

“Felicia Luna Lemus is fiercely intelligent.”
The Advocate

The Astraea Foundation Writers Fund, Honorable Mention

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003)