What happens when a book-smart Jewish girl who haunts museums falls for a street-smart Latino guy who creates radical, in-your-face artwork?
Though she obsessively adores him, and he loves her back in some way, she never guesses his dream—to one day top the contemporary art scene.
Meet a pair of rebels caught up in the revolutionary love quests of the ’60s.
Sara, 25 and unattached, feels like an alien in her own culture. She’s attracted to men who are “other.” She connects with 19-year-old Gavilán, a black Hispanic art student, and suddenly considers herself desirable.
Gavilán is attracted to whatever’s offbeat and unthinkable. Picking up an oddball white woman is one item on his agenda. His imagined interactions with famous dead artists open doors to a fourth dimension that allow him to travel back in time.
Amid shouts of “Black is beautiful!” and war protests, their story moves from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another—infused with rock music, the smell of pot, and a parallel universe of otherworldly art.
“In Dazzled by Darkness, Erica Miles’ unique voice captivates the reader with its exploration of a culturally-clashing romance set in 1960’s Brooklyn. Imaginative and richly detailed, the novel deftly portrays two singular protagonists caught up in a time of racial, sexual, and artistic revolution.”
—Silma Smith, Former Senior Editor, Magical Blend Magazine
“This deeply textured first novel by Erica Miles welcomes the reader into a world where fantasy and reality, darkness and humor, race and art, and, ultimately, love and longing intermingle in a dance of opposites that both explore and reveal. An adventurous debut!”
—David Pérez, Author of Wow!
Erica Miles studied writing at the Writer’s Voice of the Westside Y, the Mid-Atlantic Creative Non-Fiction Writers’ Conference, and the Colgate Writers’ Conference.
Miles grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and received her B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She currently lives in New York City and is the Fiction Co-Editor of THE GREENWICH VILLAGE LITERARY REVIEW. Her debut novel, DAZZLED BY DARKNESS: A Story of Art and Desire, is available on Amazon.com.