The Deer

A Novel

The Deer: A Novel

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The Deer is a rhythmic, image-driven literary psychthriller about a physicist who hits — what appears — to be a deer. As he returns from the scene of the accident to his childhood home, long-forgotten memories flood his conciousness, and he must come to terms with the fact that his past, and reality as he knows it, are not what they appear.

An auditory, new media adaptation of the first chapter can be found here.

This novel was released on Dalkey Archive Press August 2022.



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Praise for The Deer

In compelling, imagistic prose, The Deer builds up a world, takes it apart, then builds it up with different shapes in different skins.
Brian Evenson

Haunting, magnetic, compulsively beautiful, The Deer shines a dark light into uncertain corridors of mind and memory, into the churn of narrative itself. This book leaves an indelible impression, and with it Carrera makes a stunning debut.
Alexandra Kleeman

The Deer deftly melds the disorienting effects of existential crisis alongside the fever dreamscape of family memory into something like a new As I Lay Dying for the post-Disintegration Loops era.
Blake Butler

The Deer is luminous, sacred, mysterious—beautifully conceived, a first work of mesmerizing poignancy and power.
Carole Maso