I've had this book lying around for quite a while and just picked it up to brush up on Liz Hand's work before her visit in the shop on September 8. This is vintage Hand; dark, gothic, filled with historical and literary references and allusions as well as youth angst, drugs, sex and well darkness. It is VERY well written and quite captivating. The film tangent reminded me of Flicker for some reason. I liked it!
(Oh and it's not in print at the moment, but drop us a line and we'll get you a nice second-hand copy if you're interested. You should be...)
Rufi Thorpe – The Girls From Corona del Mar is our book of the month for April.
Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further—and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both. Subscribe to the book-of-the-month!
Matthew Frank – If I Should Die is our british crime book of the month for April.
Vicious, apparently motiveless attacks begin on down-and-outs in South London. But when someone dies from their wounds, it's murder… For Afghan army veteran and Trainee Detective Joseph Stark, death is all too familiar. Injured in an attack that killed his colleagues, it's enough just trying to recover without enduring the rigours of a murder investigation.When a victim retaliates it becomes clear that there's more at stake than gangs preying on the vulnerable. But with the truth in sight Stark's strength is fading, and his formidable determination to see justice done may not, this time, be enough. Subscribe to the book-of-the-month!