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Neon Jane

Neon Jane

FILLING THE GAP between the experience of the sick and those living healthy lives in remission, Neon Jane follows twenty-four-year-old Maia’s journey to move forward from her childhood cancer experience as she is haunted by a spunky, ghostlike, thirteen-year-old cancer patient named Jane.

The two have an inseparable bond and complicated friendship as Maia takes on the role of Jane’s caretaker. Representing Maia as a child, Jane pressures Maia to be a better, more successful person in the name of childhood cancer. Maia argues back through personal reflections about cancer’s ongoing presence in her healthy adult life, and her struggle to move forward from the experience.

As Maia looks for a genetic explanation for her previous cancer, she uncovers the story of her uncle Jason, a famous baroque musician who drowned in his twenties. Through her uncle’s story and new complications with Jane’s health, Maia contemplates what it means to live a full life, and whether it is time to let go of the cancer experience that has defined her for so long.

Pages: 104
Pub Date: 05-17-2022
Softcover: 13.95 9781646636587
Hardcover: 22.95 9781646636600


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Maia Evrigenis is a writer from Sacramento, California. Her flash fiction piece "Sanitize" from Neon Jane was selected for the Best Small Fictions 2021 Anthology published by Sonder Press. She was a Stories on Stage winner for the 2020 writing contest in Northern California and is featured in the anthology Twenty Twenty: A Stories on Stage Sacramento Anthology. Her writing has been published in Necessary Fiction, The Black Fork Review, Arkana Literary Journal, The Sacramento News and Review, and The Sacramento Bee. Maia received her MFA in creative writing from CalArts and BS in applied psychology from New York University.

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