"Nochita is a queer coming-of-age novel like you've never read before. While lots of LGBTQ fiction centers around a coming out story, Nochita examines self-discovery of another kind. The novel focuses less on the titular protagonist’s sexual identity, which is never given a bright-line definition, and more on Nochita’s attempts to carve her own place in the gritty underbelly of California’s counter-culture, after the realization that the adults in her life are incapable of raising her themselves. LGBTQ people old and young will hear notes of themselves in Nochita’s story, which is full of yearning, ferocity, dark humor, and all of the mistakes (and victories) of youth. Straddling the line between poetry and prose, Felix’s writing is medicine for the soul. It’s lyrical without becoming overly sentimental; poignant without becoming didactic. Nochita is a book you’ll want to pass on to every other queer person you meet."––Cassidy Foust
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
"Nochita is a compelling, spellbinding and daring book."––Denise Reich
"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
"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
"Dia Felix mentioned in Watch, then Read: The Best Book Trailers Out There"
May 22, 2014
Sheknows.com reviews the book trailer for Dia Felix's Nochita.
Sara Dobie Bauer, sheknows.com
"Best of 2014: Best Fiction Books"
Dec 3, 2014
Entropy chooses Nochita by Dia Felix as the number one fiction of 2014
"Dia Felix: Growing Up Uncanny in California"
Apr 28, 2014
Dia Felix interviewed by Daphne Sidor for Lambda Literary Review.
Daphne Sidor, Lambda Literary Review
"20 Years of Sister Spit on Bitch Media's Popaganda podcast"
May 2, 2014
Dia Felix, Beth Lisick, and Cristy Road talk about 20 years of Sister Spit on Bitch Media's Popaganda podcast.
Sarah Mirk, Bitch Media
"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
"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
"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
"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