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This article was written on 16 Feb 2015, and is filled under Fiction.

Ladies of Literature, Julie’s Picks

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In anticipation of…..

‘The First Bad Man’

Miranda July

I was very very excited to hear about the release of Miranda July’s new novel ‘The First Bad Man‘.

Her last collection of short stories ‘No One Belongs Here More Than You’ was a cracker and her two films ‘The Future‘ and ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ witty, humorous and quirky.

Here’s the blurb for ‘The First Bad Man’ from Allen & Unwin:

‘Cheryl Glickman believes in romances that span centuries and a soul that migrates between babies. She works at a women’s self-defence nonprofit and lives alone. When her bosses ask if their twenty-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee – the selfish, cruel blond bombshell – who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, leads her to the love of a lifetime.

Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel establishes her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time.’ 

Are you sold? I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one!

Have a peep at http://mirandajuly.com/

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Currently knee deep in….

‘Tender Morsels’

by Margo Lanegan

‘Tender Morsels’ is a dark and velvety re-telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Snow-White & Rose-Red’ for young adult and adult reader’s alike. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading Margo Lanegan’s work before and am now a firm fan.

Here’s the blurb from Allen & Unwin:

‘Tender Morsels’ is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. It is a gloriously told tale of journeys and transformations, penetrating the boundaries between male and female, reality and myth, conscious and unconscious, temporal and spiritual, human and beast. 
Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic and in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this harmonious world, protected from the violence and village prejudice that once made their mother’s life unendurable.

But the real world cannot be denied forever, and gradually the borders break down between Liga’s refuge and the place from which she escaped. Having known heaven, how will Liga and her daughters survive back in the world where beauty cannot be separated from cruelty? How far can you take your fantasies before they grow dangerous? How fully can you protect your children, and how completely should you?

Building on a mythic scaffolding, Margo Lanagan asks timeless questions about what it is to be human. She unflinchingly explores the evil and sweetness in the world and reveals the essential magic of learning to live with both.’

Last Lingering Letters…. 

‘All the Birds Singing’

Evie Wyld

Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award, ‘All the Birds Singing’ is a grey and blustery book that leaves you feeling wind swept and fly blown. Told across different times and countries it is about how the mistakes you make as a child can haunt you to the ends of the earth and leave you running for redemption.

This one stays with you, images floating round your noggin for weeks after.

Random House blurb:

‘Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.

It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of one how one woman’s present comes from a terrible past. It is the second novel from the award-winning author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.’

 

Happy Reading!

 

Julie

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