Notice (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) (Paperback)

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By Heather Lewis, Melissa Febos (Introduction by)
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A classic queer text of trauma, written by one of the most talented novelists of her generation.

The reason it’s never just once is the same reason money’s only a part of it. Most anyone can take or leave that, though they don’t think they can. The cover story of all time, that’s what money is. The excuse of excuses no one will question because they so much need to use it themselves.

Published by Doubleday in 1994, Heather Lewis’s chilling debut novel took place on the northeastern equestrian show-riding circuit, to which Lewis herself belonged in her teens. Expelled from boarding school, its fifteen-year-old narrator moves numbly through a world of motel rooms, heroin, dyke love, and doped horses. Kirkus Reviews found it “brutal, sensual, honest, seductive … a powerful debut,” while the New York Times found the book “grating and troublesome … it’s difficult to imagine a more passive specimen.” 

Almost immediately, Lewis began writing Notice, a novel that moves even further into dark territory. The teenaged narrator Nina begins turning tricks in the parking lot of the train station near the Westchester County home of her absent parents. She soon falls into a sadomasochistic relationship with a couple. Arrested, she’s saved by a counselor and admitted to a psychiatric facility. But these soft forms of control turn out to be even worse. Writing in the register of an emotional fugue state, Notice’s helpless but all-knowing narrator is as smooth and sharp as a knife.

Rejected by every publisher who read it during Lewis’s life, Notice was eventually published by Serpent’s Tail in 2004, two years after her death. The book, long out of print, emerged as a classic queer text of trauma, written by one of the most talented novelists of her generation.

About the Author

Heather Lewis was born in 1962 and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She was the author of House Rules and The Second Suspect and contributed to several anthologies. She ended her life in 2002.

Melissa Febos is the author of four books, including the nationally bestselling essay collection, Girlhood, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and named a notable book of 2021 by NPR, Time, The Washington Post, and others. Her craft book, Body Work (2022), was also a national bestseller, an LA Times bestseller, and an Indie Next Pick. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming.

Praise For…

"This book gutted me and played me and broke my heart, invented a game of truth or dare that was also a round of Russian roulette, ran a race with no warning shot."
—Emmeline Clein, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Notice is an irreducible text, unforgettable, nearly unbearable, but never unbelievable."
—Dale Peck, The Believer

"Lewis’s work is full of horror … bursting with equal parts spark and smoke. Her characters are always active, always enduring and surviving the greatest atrocities by lending the wheel to the evil and unwieldy, stealing it back before the great crash."
—T Kira Madden, The Rumpus
Product Details
ISBN: 9781635902044
ISBN-10: 1635902045
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents