Del's lived in Los Angeles for seventeen years, bouncing among foster homes. Smart, sharp-tongued, and a master mimic, she's fed up with her world and with being Del. So she's changing her name and leaving both herself and L.A. behind -- until her escape lands her in an all-day traffic jam.
Fast-forward eight years. It's opening night for the one-woman show Del has written and is starring in -- a show called Breakout about a Los Angeles traffic jam.
As the novel flashes between Del's present and future, we get a backstage pass into this young playwright's psyche, watching her life being transformed into art, heartache into comedy, solitude into connection. And, finally, anger giving way to acceptance.
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BREAKOUTUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Life begets art begets life: "It's fiction. Meaning autobiography seen through weird, wavy glass." So says playwright/performer Elena Franco to an interviewer minutes before her one-woman play ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - welkinscheek - LibraryThing
Breakout opens with Del, coaxing her ancient Datsun onto a Los Angeles freeway exit, feeling triumphant that her plans have succeeded. Del, a 17-year-old who has been in and out of foster homes ... Read full review