Possums Run Amok

Possums Run Amok

A True Tale Told Slant

Lora Lafayette


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Possums Run Amok is a rollicking, slyly hilarious, at times uncomfortable and dark memoir wherein the author and two friends are nicknamed The Possumettes. With fearless candor, Lora Lafayette recounts her life from a delinquent, late 1970s punk rock adolescence through a crooked, manic, transatlantic path to adulthood and her eventual terrifying descent into schizophrenia. Whip smart, daring, and inventive, Lafayette navigates the harsh realities of being a risk-taking adventurous young woman while seeking to wrest all the wild joy she can out of life. Her story reveals how blurry the line can be between real and unreal, choice and force. It lays bare the startling lack of empathy and services in society for those in crisis. Her voice is singular, her language full of shining unconventional metaphor. Deeply uncomfortable, laugh-out-loud funny, and devastatingly moving, Possums Run Amok is equal parts challenging and entertaining.


Lora Lafayette:
Lora Lafayette's writing has appeared in such publications as Plazm Magazine, The Buckman Journal, and Pen & Ink. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with Finn, who purrs. She still travels the world, though not quite so frenetically as she used to.