Excavation

Excavation

Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher—now a registered sex offender—continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life.

In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It's a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart.

Title:Excavation
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781892061706
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    Excavation Reviews

  • Bud Smith

    I was supposed to go see the movie Birdman, but I didn't make it to go and see Birdman because on the subway ride there, I'd started reading this book and so instead of walking over to the movie theat...

  • Thomas

    Such a sad, bold memoir about a young woman whose middle school English teacher sexually abused her for five years. With powerful prose, Wendy Ortiz recounts the beginning of her relationship with thi...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI wanted to read this book because people were claiming that MY DARK VANESSA plagiarized content from this memoir and I wanted to read this to...

  • Kevin

    When I first encountered the writing of Wendy C. Ortiz, it was her essay, Mix Tape, on The Nervous Breakdown. It was a piece of writing that stylistically took on the pain and the traumatic fallout of...

  • paperbackpeonies

    2.5/3 out of 5 stars but I don't feel comfortable giving it a rating because who am I to rate someone's story in which they offer their emotional, abused self up on a platter?I feel so bad for writing...

  • Sam

    Context-wise I was introduced to this book through its connections to My Dark Vanessa and the American Dirt disaster (I’ve read and reviewed both books and really enjoyed them.) I LOATHE cancel cult...

  • Markus Molina

    It is a fascinating and horrifying relationship to get a glimpse into the 28 year old Jeff and 13 year old Wendy have, but if you've ever had the privilege/misfortune of knowing people who can't break...

  • Caroline Leavitt

    I'm posting pretty much the same review I wrote for My Dark Vanessa, because I know about the ugliness around Wendy Ortiz's Excavation and Russell’s extraordinary debut so I decided to read both of ...

  • Heather Tucker

    The two aspects that make me fall in love with a book are the writing and well-developed characters, so this one fell short for me. As meticulously as she chronicles what he said and what she said, an...

  • Kevin

    A very thought-provoking read, though somewhat unsatisfying. Ortiz gives a very personal and in-depth look at her romantic relationship with a current/former middle school teacher that started when sh...