Memoir | Synopsis
Chewing Gravel chronicles the 1996 double rape of two friends in New York City’s West Village by serial killed dubbed the "Top Gun Rapist," the relationship’s unraveling, and their reunification almost a decade later when DNA leads to a cold case hit and the perpetrator is apprehended. It is a love letter to Manhattan, the 90s local music scene, and people and artifacts that were lost along the way. Inanimate objects are a fictional section of the book, witnesses to the rapes and its lasting effects on the narrator who address victim blaming, the concept (and pressure) of survivorhood, body dysmorphia, addiction, and recovery from a unique and sometimes darkly humorous vantage point. Unlike most rape memoirs, it is not a true crime account of the incident, but a lyrical story about friendship, loss, and love.