Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day

October 2021, Mad Creek Books, Ohio State University Press.

Adriana Páramo:

“What is unique about Court Date is the mental freedom Sonya Huber exhibits. Though organized around a peaceful protest, a few hours of arrest, and the ensuing court date, the pages skitter everywhere, from the naïve activism in college to current events, meantime conflating the personal with the historical and political. It is a day in the life of a teacher/wife/student/daughter/researcher/mother/activist which invites the reader to chase Huber’s mind from subject to digression: mental and physical health issues, a socialist German ancestry, then move on to writing, teaching, mothering, and segue into candid ruminations on white privilege, only to return in the end to the quotidian act of being a mother driving her son to the DMV office for his driver’s license.
Rather than obeying the literary perspective laws, it uses an all-over style covering every patch of the composition quilt with equal emphasis. In Court Date, Huber embodies Montaigne’s proverbial ‘runaway horse mind’ as it adopts an unwavering self-split stance as both free thinker and keen observer, acknowledging unapologetically her own unruly yet intriguing mental patterns.
Reading Huber’s cerebral meanderings, I felt like a piece of wood drifting across the ocean, surrendered to the waves of sentences that kept bumping me from one idea to another and made me not want to be washed ashore.”


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