04 Dec 2010 – charity shop

Jackie is a brassy, unrepentant blonde, the kind of woman you see in the papers because she’s left her kids home alone and gone on holiday. In fact, that’s exactly what she’s done. Her colleague Amir is torn between lust – and something else – for Jackie and the demands of his family. Narrated in the beautifully-delineated voices of Amir, his brother, and Elle, Jackie’s daughter (it’s fascinating to see her developing knowledge about the world around her), this is lyrical, evocative, sharp and defiant – a page-turner and a work of inventive and expressive literature.

It reminded me a bit of “Beauty” by Raphael Selbourne with the northern/midlands setting and range of characters.

Highly recommended and will be sending it out on a bookring.