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Funeral for Flaca is an exploration of things lost and found - love, identity, family - and the traumas that transcend bodies, borders, cultures, and generations.

Emilly Prado retraces her experience coming of age as a prep-turned-chola-turned-punk in this collection that is one-part memoir-in-essays and one-part playlist, zigzagging across genres and decades, much like the rapidly changing and varied tastes of her youth. Emilly spends the late '90s and early aughts looking for acceptance as a young Chicana growing up in the mostly White suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2008. Ni de aquí, ni de allá, she tries to find her place in the in-between.

Growing up, the boys reject her, her father cheats on her mother, then the boys cheat on her, and she cheats on them. At 21-years-old, Emilly checks herself into a psychiatric ward after a mental breakdown. One year later, she becomes a survivor of sexual assault. A few years after that, she survives another attempted assault. She searches for the antidote that will cure her, cycling through love, heartbreak, sex, an eating disorder, alcohol, an ever-evolving style, and, of course, music.

She captures the painful reality of what it means to lose and find your identity, many times over again. For anyone who has ever lost their way as a child or as an adult, Funeral for Flaca unravels the complex layers of an unpredictable life, inviting us into an intimate and honest journey profoundly told with humor and heart by Emilly Prado. 

©2021 by Emilly Prado (P)2022 by Blackstone Publishing

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