Praise for Hair Suit (first edition of the current book)
“Lorena is a very talented writer; wry and wise and adventurous.” --Anne Lamott, Author Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
“Like the best, truest comics, the narrator’s humor is tinged with loss and sadness, contained by the spare language of a storyteller…Regina’s life, careening from adventure to disaster to travesty to sweet epiphany, is what gives this book it’s undeniable verve.” --Fred Setterberg, Author Lunch Bucket Paradise
“This is dazzling. Very funny. Very original. It has that kind of authority that says, don’t mess with me—I know what I’m doing, and you can take this on its own terms or walk away. And there’s an invigorating moral sensibility at work here, a real affirmation of life.” Mary Jane Moffat, Author The Times of Our Lives: A Guide to Writing Autobiography and Memoir
Praise for Her Perilous Journey
“Lorena Cassady’s writing is just as gutsy, determined, and energetic as her character, Regina IV. It’s the kind of coming of age story we haven’t read before, not in a woman’s voice.” --Patrice Vecchione Author Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life The Knot Untied (Poetry)
“I don’t deserve this pleasure—I should be out hauling wood in the high wind. This is just spellbinding. Every word considered. Every image fresh.” --William MacBride Virginia farmer, Writer
"Her Perilous Journey" is Book One of the First Woman Trilogy. It is the hilarious, sometimes harrowing story of Regina IV, the last in a long line of strong-willed, dispossessed Southern women, born into troubled times. She is an adventurer, hungry to explore every nook and cranny of life, but finds herself desperate to escape a neglectful and brilliant mother. Her real father has disappeared—only his myth remains. Misguided and foolhardy, the young Regina sets out on her picaresque adventures through the colorful decades of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Will the beatnik Moriarity give her what she needs, or only make things worse? With acid wit, mixed with the bittersweet language of a wounded heart, Regina shares her wide-ranging encounters with the male species, quirky members of her generation, and a Native American spirit guide named Ramon. “Her Perilous Journey” is Book One of the “First Woman Trilogy,” the unfolding story of a woman striving to make peace with herself, her culture, her country's violent history, and a stubborn, silent universe.
Disclaimer by the author: This book is a picaresque memoir, told by an unreliable narrator. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is unlikely, for I have killed off many who are living, brought the dead back to life, turned men into women, tedious people into potted plants and well meaning citizens into liars and rascals. The author earnestly hopes that the scores of tall tales, lies and alternative realities spoken herein in the name of art, will be overwhelmed by the deeper truths that form the foundation of this book.
I should not hesitate to say that there is a measurable amount of sexual language, sexual acts and unfortunately some violence, but none of it gratuitous or extreme. The modern phrase is: “This Book Contains Adult Content.” You have been warned.
Two random quotes:
"Reinforced brassieres elevated their immense mammary glands and forced them into the shape of two nuclear missiles pointed at whoever was standing in front of them. And the twins were tall. They towered over most people and rolled them back on their heels. Their skin was ruddy, their eyes were blue and their hair was prematurely white. When they marched down the street together, they were vaguely reminiscent of a Fourth of July parade."
"I honestly don’t remember what it was like when Moriarty was making love to me, because I was thinking about other things. He didn’t know where anything was and neither did I."