Author Julia Salazar Releases Natural Disasters

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First Time Novelist Julia Salazar’s "Natural Disasters" reflects on the friendship between a lesbian and a gay man against a backdrop of mudslides, fires, earthquakes and AIDS in Los Angeles.

First time novelist Julia Salazar’s "Natural Disasters" reflects on the friendship between a lesbian and a gay man against a backdrop of mudslides, fires, earthquakes and AIDS in Los Angeles.

"Natural Disasters" focuses on Jesse Perez, her work at the Alliance - a Los Angeles AIDS organization and her relationship with her co-worker and best friend, Gabe Larson.

Set in 1993, Jesse must navigate her way through burn out, the break-up of a ten year relationship and Gabe’s eventual death from AIDS related illness while Los Angeles rumbles beneath them both metaphorically and geologically. Jesse experiences the loss of those around her as she tries to help those being impacted with HIV while coping with her own grief.

Advance praise for Natural Disasters:

There are seasons when life appears to be nothing but an unremitting series of calamities, when the worlds - internal and external - are crumbling, leaving no safe ground on which to stand. Julia Salazar's poignant and poetic novel, "Natural Disasters," describes such a season in the life of its protagonist, Jesse Perez, suggests that the key is not only to withstand and survive it, but to heed the call of the universe to "wake up" and learn to live more deeply.

-- Terry Wolverton, EMBERS

Julia Salazar's brave and honest book reminds us that loss — belongings smashed in earthquakes, friends stolen by AIDS — can help us find the strength to change our lives.

-- Anne Stockwell, Journalist

About Julia Salazar

Julia Salazar has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Julia made a substantial contribution to the community in her 13 years of award winning work at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. She was first published in 1993, with her short story in Blood Whispers – L.A. Writers on AIDS (Volume II).

Visit Julia Salazar at http://www.myspace.com/juliasalazar To review Natural Disasters or to schedule an interview with Julia Salazar, contact Kathy Cronin at 818.424.2428.

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