Two additional stellar reviews for Red Girl Rat Boy!
The first is in Caroline Adderson’s essay “Long Story Short,” in the Globe & Mail on 28 December http://www.theglobeandmail.
And on 8 January, January Magazine released its lists of Best Books for 2103 http://januarymagazine.blogspot.ca/2014/01/best-books-of-2013-fiction.html
The magazine’s fiction choices include three Biblioasis titles: Mauricio Segura’s novel Eucalyptus, Lucie Wilk’s novel The Strength of Bone, and my Red Girl Rat Boy. Its reviewer says, “It seems such a slender book to have grabbed this small spot among my favorites of the year, but that is the nature of Flood’s power. Here the Journey Prize-winning author packs a lot of that power into 11 taut stories that celebrate and challenge women of all types. Flood is unflinching, but her readers might not be so brave. The author is honest to the point of occasional emotional and unsentimental brutality. This is amazing stuff.”
Brutality . . . that’s a bit startling! I just think I’m a realist.