Broke and stranded in a half-finished tract house in a swamp, Ida Overdorff discovers the strange community around hera millionaire living in a tree house, two feral child thieves. Ida clings to her dream of returning to New York while weathering storms both meteorological and emotional, and comes to understand that nobody's luckeven hersis all bad.
Claudia Zuluaga's fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Lost Magazine, JMWW, Linnaean Street, and the Best of the Web series. Zuluaga is a lecturer in the English department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York City.
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About the Author
Claudia Zuluaga's fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Lost Magazine, JMWW, and Linnaean Street and was included in Dzanc Books' Best of the Web series. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a fulltime Lecturer in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A truly smart book, with great characters, wonderful language and a can't-put-it-down story. I really look forward to many great novels from this first-time novelist.
2013 has been a wonderful year for books. This is one of the wonderful ones. Ida reminds me of Alice down the rabbit hole. Only the rabbit hole is South Florida. Claudia Zuluaga takes me back to my childhood in how she notices and describes things like only an innocent child could. But, this is an adult novel. It will pull at you and shake you. Its root theme lies in how we may not change ourselves, but the environment and circumstance, if we're open to it, can change us in a wondrous way. Please, Ms. Zuluaga, I'd like another!
I really enjoyed this novel. The author does an exceptional job setting the scene - you can feel the heat, see the landscape and, even, hear the sounds. Her characters are strong, awkward, wonderful, quirky...you find yourself relating a little bit to pieces of each of them. The relationships between the characters aren't predictable and neither is the ending. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. This review doesn't really do the book justice. Read it.