Anara Guard, Author


Like a Complete Unknown

In 1969, a girl’s life is not her own. Katya’s parents demand she drop out of school to join a cleaning crew. She runs away instead—but the counterculture isn’t as welcoming as she dreamed. Starry-eyed, barefoot, and in trouble, she turns to widowed Dr. Lewis for help at his women’s clinic, then disappears again. The aging doctor’s rash impulse to save her could rejuvenate his melancholy life. While Katya hunts for freedom and Robert searches for her, they each encounter beauty and chaos as they brave the unknown.

A compelling and evocative portrait that speaks to our own complex social times, reminding readers of life before (and perhaps, post-) Roe v. Wade and the #metoo movement.

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Meet Anara

March 19, 2022
2:00 pm

Book Signing • Capital Books • Sacramento, CA

March 19
2:00 pm

I’ll be discussing Like a Complete Unknown and signing books. An invitation-only reception for the book’s launch will take place following the signing.

March 19, 2022
2:00 pm

Draft, Book Reading • Los Angeles, CA

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Where to Buy

Capital Books