Nochita

Nochita




Press Reviews

The Los Angeles Review

"Zore Neal Hurston coined the phrase “a familiar strangeness," an idea that perhaps best describes what it feels like to read Dia Felix's debut novel, Nochita … [Nochita] is perhaps one of the most empathetic characters I have encountered in contemporary fiction, but she’s not a pushover. This seeming contradiction is what makes Nochita and the novel that bears her name just that, novel.”––Daniel Pecchenino


Shameless

"Nochita is a compelling, spellbinding and daring book."––Denise Reich


Eleven Eleven

"Felix blends vivid descriptions of Nochita's fantasies with sparse details of her actual reality and focuses the reader’s attention on the intimate, imaginative, and unique, the inner world that we create for ourselves. This is something most great works of fiction do, but it is the cinematic and evocative quality of Felix’s renderings that gives her storytelling such a deliciously peculiar flavor."––Takema Hoffman


Underrated Reads

"Nochita is lyrical but at the same time graphic and raw … [it] draws us in with dark humor, cynicism, and contradictions. I can definitely see this as a captivating film with its fascinating characters and introspective plot. Any takers?"–JD Jung, Underrated Reads


BUST Magazine

"With its California counterculture setting, frank descriptions of teenage sex, and colorfully intriguing characters . . . Felix has written a modern fairy tale with a dark side . . . [Her] inventive prose makes the journey worth it."—Erika W. Smith


Booklist

"Felix's triumphant first novel falls somewhere between poetry and prose . . . which sparkles and snaps with verbal vitality."––Booklist


Lambda Literary Review

"Nochita's first-person voice succeeds astonishingly well at feeling like a real, live consciousness . . . [The book]'s ultra-appealing narration makes it easy to hold on even through the most experimental passages: her observations are startling, poetic but not precious, and often very funny. The book has the ache and texture of life anywhere."--Daphne Sidor, Lambda Literary Review


48 HIlls

"Felix's Nochita is but one of the [Sister Spit's] army of heroines and heroes for whom traditional roles and expected timelines no longer serve, who are ready to stop pretending in order to strike out for a vague 'something else.' Health and wealth is not always forthcoming in these stories, but keeping it real is."—Caitlin Donohue, 48 HIlls


SF Weekly

"She leaves her drunken father and his brutal fiancée for the road, with nothing to run from and nothing to guide her. 'Nochita shimmers with humor and delight, she burns with stark raving intelligence,' says the one and only Mary Gaitskill. Everything is epic and unreal, this world by turns seeming to taunt us with an uncanny narrative and then stop us in our tracks with dreamlike non sequiturs."--Evan Karp, SF Weekly