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Welcome to this week’s Talk of the Town link up. A book post sharing linky that I co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree. If you’re new to Talk of the Town, see all the info here. All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned by Shaz on a dedicated Pinterest board.
This is our last week for showcasing Black & White Publishing’s Not The Only Sky by Alyssa Warren. Read on to find out more.
A fantastically engaging character piece which examines the bonds of blood and family.
Publisher: Black and White Publishing (27 April 2017)
‘Wait. Patient. Now. Not long. Good girl. Wait here. Brave girl. Think of it as a vacation.’
‘Back in a jiffy.’
Big Bend, population 500, South Dakota, 1988. Eight-year-old Tiny Mite lives in a ramshackle farmhouse next to her grandfather’s crashed airplane and the pine tree where she trains as a spy. Goddamn is her favourite word. Taking pictures with her camera made of aluminium foil and a tin can is her new big thing. She lives with Bee, her apocalypse-obsessed grandmother and Luvie, her hard-drinking great-aunt. And then there’s her mother Velvet, beautiful and desperate, still in love with her high school boyfriend who she left to have a brief fling with Tiny Mite’s absent father.
One night, Tiny Mite hears a cry, but it’s not what she imagines. And nothing will ever be the same.
Six years later, Clea won’t let anyone call her Tiny Mite anymore. Luvie has fallen in love with a pastor, and Bee’s health is failing. Velvet is gone, and nobody except Bee, who can’t bring herself to turn her back on her daughter, will even mention her name.
Containing a wonderfully engaging and eccentric cast of characters who live long in the memory, this is the story of mothers and daughters, people bound by blood and geography, moments captured and lifetimes lost, and things never quite turning out as expected.
Alyssa Warren spent a muddy, scruffy, happy childhood in the creeks and abandoned homesteads of South Dakota, before completing a BA in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has taught creative writing and modern British literature at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, and has served as a contributing editor for Surface magazine, covering art, design and fashion. She is a printmaker and photographer based in East London, where she lives with her husband and three sons.
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I’ll be linking up with my review of Erin Kelly’s latest novel He Said She Said. It was a bit of a slow burner in some parts but the writing and the tension more than made up for it.