Author Kelly Luce bucks marketing trends at Functionally Literate's latest installment


Even if it accomplished nothing else (which is not the case), Kelly Luce's first novel, Pull Me Under, is extraordinary in that it is a book about a female human that covers adolescence and early adulthood, and yet the word "girl" and the color pink are nowhere to be seen. There is nary a high heel nor lipstick nor cocktail glass on the cover. Truly, the woman who can get a big-league publisher to avoid those stale signifiers must be a powerful one, and the powerful Luce reads from her novel Saturday at Functionally Literate. Her novel unfolds the story of a Japanese woman's repeated self-reinventions, exploring the meaning of transnational identity and the immigrant soul along the way. There's plenty of blood and bullying and slow-burning rage here, making it a story with more than enough psychic resonance for Americans feeling trepidation about the post-Jan. 20 world.

with Dan Lopez | 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 | Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park | | free-$40