"An ambitious and daring piece of writing. The book begins with a young woman going on her honeymoon in Belize as she looks for her father's grave. Romance meets melancholy from the get-go, introducing us to the compelling trajectory of the book. ...Jessica Erica Hahn pulls no punches as she takes on everything from race relations to wanderlust and how it is we find our way home. It's evocative and heartfelt throughout, filled with wonderful surprises. A very promising work. "
--Matthew Iribarne, author of Astronauts: And Other Stories
"The life story described in this book of narrative nonfiction is fantastic. As if Jonathan Demme had directed Pirates of the Caribbean. ...While the adventures are extraordinary, the narrator remains completely personable. As soon as the story begins, the scene is inviting... The storyteller has not only a fascinating tale to tell, but the exact voice with which you'd like to hear it... All-in-all the book seems full of welcome, well-told surprises."
--Aisha Sloan, author of The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White
* * * *
PRAISE FROM THE 1990S FOR HAHN'S BOOKS:
"From a squatter's perspective this book is inspirational..." --Slug and Lettuce, 1997
"I am in love with this colorfully fantastic pocket-book. ...I only hope there are at least a few comparable sequels." --Angry Thoreauan, 1997
"This is an insightful and in depth diary of one woman's life experiences and travels around the US by means of hopping trains." -- Profane Existence, 1997
"Words fail me for describing how significant is this book... To be blunt, Elysian Fields is a truly gripping drama." --Angry Thoreauan, 1998
"The philosophical angle is very beautifully interwoven and played out." --Cyber-Psychos, 1998
"This is an epic tale... For all its crazy content this book is impressively cohesive." --Slug & Lettuce, 1998
"Once in a while a poetry chapbook comes along where the passion just pours off the page in a rush of emotion, images rain down in a torrent, and the reader is compelled into a reading frenzy, bound to read the whole collection through just to find out how and if the deluge concludes. This book is one of those..." --Jennifer Joseph, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 1999