The Tracey Fragments
Written by Maureen Medved
Publication Date September 01, 2007
Naked under a tattered shower curtain, fifteen-year old Tracey Berkowitz has been sitting in the back of a bus for two days, looking for her brother, Sonny, who thinks he is a dog. Tracey's stories begin to twist and intertwine truth with lies, absorbing the reader into the games and delusions she uses to escape her despair.
The Tracey Fragments is a raw, moving account that immerses the reader into the labyrinth of a troubled, adolescent psyche, full of twists and turns, fear and uncertainty, trust and betrayal.
Maureen Medved adapted her novel into a film screenplay that was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bruce McDonald. At the Berlin Film Festival in early 2007, the motion picture won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize for an innovative film that broadens the boundaries of cinema.
Maureen Medved is an author, journalist, and playwright. Her plays have been produced in Vancouver, Waterloo, and Toronto. Medved is Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia and film reviewer for the magazine Herizons.
"[Medved] mines the world of words for diamonds. They glitter on every page, casting mirrors, casting black light." Border Crossings
"A high-octane jaunt through the remnants of a mind shattered by trauma." Globe and Mail
"Medved brilliantly conveys the rage and frustration of a self-conscious young girl...The effect is like digging through a box full of broken stained glass and finding an exquisite shard every time." Vancouver Magazine
"Medved's debut novel provides an eerie glimpse of a raging adolescent psyche...skillfully blends Tracey's frenzied facts and fictions into a cohesive portrait of a teenager on the verge of imploding...a taut, harrowing narrative." Publishers Weekly
"Tracey's voice is acerbic, funny and totally convincing. Anyone who has been or has known a bitter and confused teenager will know where she's coming from." Toronto Star