Alibi V.12 No.35 • Aug 28-Sept 3, 2003 

Art Article

Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties

Felicia Luna Lemus
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Felicia Luna Lemus' debut novel, Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties, is so very L.A. The lead character, Leticia, is a lesbian film school graduate, for chrissakes, who grooms dogs for a living. Advance readers, though, have said that Lemus' novel possesses plenty of genuine originality, the kind of spark and pizzazz you wouldn't normally expect in a first novel. I'm told Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties also presents a realistic view of L.A.'s lesbian subculture. If you're into alternative-style chick lit, this sounds like a very promising debut.