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“Guerrero’s memoir reads like a fever dream, full of mystery, magic, and not a little madness…An ode to a complicated family legacy, this hard-to-put-down narrative, rife with culture, myth, and politics, flows with a liminal quality that refuses to let go, enmeshing readers in the turbulence of modern-day Mexico.”

Library Journal

“Luminous … heartfelt and mystically charged.”

The Washington Post

“In her devastatingly beautiful memoir… [Guerrero] tracks her father through his lineage of mystics; his shadowy past; and his years of obsession, self-destruction, and even brilliance…She writes poetically about borders as a metaphor for the boundary of identity between father and daughter and the porous connective tissues that bind them.”

The National Book Review

“Crux, at its heart, is Guerrero’s love letter to her dad . . . expressive and affecting, especially in the moments where she grounds her reader in her own exploration of the mystical. . . . The book is deeply researched and tightly written.”

—NPR

Crux is everything I want in a memoir: prose that dazzles and cuts, insights hard-won and achingly named, and a plot that kept me up at night, breathlessly turning pages. Jean Guerrero has a poet’s lyrical sense, a journalist’s dogged devotion to truth, and a fast and far-reaching mind. This is a book preoccupied with chasing—that is one of its harrowing pleasures—but, like all great memoirs, it is ultimately a story about the great trouble and relief of being found.”

Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart Abandon Me

“Jean Guerrero has done excellent reporting from the US/Mexico borderlands. Now she examines the more mysterious borders of family history and that unknown region of the heart. You will be moved by CRUX – this book is powerful and true.”

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway

“From the very beginning, Jean Guerrero’s CRUX draws the reader in—Guerrero’s language is as poetic as the story is engrossing. The characters, though, shine brightest. Guerrero draws from record, history, myth, and rumor to create compelling portraits of a family navigating multiple borders as well as the complexities of love and life within them.”

–Adriana E Ramírez, author of Dead Boys

“Crux is a triumphant memoir driven by the search for home and a father’s elusive love. The twists and unexpected turns across borders are enchanting.”

Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico

“A passionate and riveting memoir that stretches the notion of “crossing borders”  … By honoring the profound complexities of the human spirit and psyche, Jean Guerrero’s manuscript ‘Crux’ shows us how any discussion of crossing borders might be enriched by expanding beyond the concepts of nation and culture.”

PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize judges

“A powerful memoir that charts a daughter’s struggle to save her haunted father, CRUX is alive with family magic and fierce with love.”

–Junot Díaz