Welcome back after the summer holidays!
Our last read was Gillian Flynn’s debut novel ‘Sharp Objects’.
Camille Preaker is a young woman in search of answers. She breaks her own self-imposed exile to return to the cloying arms of her hometown. No Prodigal daughter she. Camille returns home to Wind Gap, a small-town clinging to its roots, whose main employment is the local slaughterhouse. She is sent home at the behest of her editor- two young girls have been abducted and Camille must piece together the events, one word at a time. Camille knows all about the power of words.
Flynn’s macabre tale, fronted by a dysfunctional young woman, is a forceful debut but there is something unmistakeably green about her style at times.
The plot centres around Wind Gap’s female characters and they are painted as crude and deviant no matter their age or circumstance. Like a plethora of Greek mythological creatures, these women hide their beastly natures behind a beautiful skin. Crude but compelling. I gave this book to my friend after I had finished with it, eager to pass it on. She ‘devoured it’ as she told me in a single sitting during our glorious heatwave and I thought her choice of word was apt there being something slightly sinister about the word ‘devour’.
This thriller is not going to be to everyone’s taste, even those who tend towards that genre. It’s grim as far as the eye can see. I had great intentions to watch the HBO adaptation of the novel starring Amy Adams, but I found that the format didn’t suit the plot’s tense atmosphere as well as the written word.
Next up is Edna O Brien’s ‘Country Girls’. Yes, we’re going old school for September.
Edna is a tour-de-force in Irish writing. Her ‘Country Girls’ trilogy, set in the 1950s, as fellow author Eimear McBride states ‘gave a voice to the experiences of a previously muzzled generation of Irish women. By turns beautiful and bawdy, funny and haunting, The Country Girls, often referred to as the quintessential tale of Irish girlhood, is not the novel that broke the mould: it is the one that made it.’
Both books are available in Books@One.