Red Audrey and the Roping

Red Audrey and the Roping

by Jill Malone

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ISBN-13: 9781932859546
Publisher: Bywater Books MI
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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Red Audrey and the Roping 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sumariotter on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I thought this book was pretty amazing. I tore through it in a day and a half. It's intense, nonlinear (which I usually don't like but did in this case) and uses language in very surprising ways---something else I usually do not like but did with this book. At times I found it hard to believe the extremes in this character---professional Latin teacher and hard drinking masochistic surfer woman could really coexist in the same woman. But I found it very compelling nonetheless.
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If the gods of literature exist, they are smiling right now. Jill Malone's debut novel has certainly made me smile. I've just had the pleasure of reading an advance copy, and I feel like an explorer who has just discovered a wondrous territory, and I can't wait to tell everyone, show them this miraculous landscape that Jill Malone has created for us. The blurb posted mentions Sarah Waters and Margaret Atwood. Throw in any author whose skill and maturity and dexterity with language makes you happy, and it won't be overkill. Joan Didion's novels. Jane Rule. Jane Smiley. Jane Hamilton. I am not overstating when I say that Red Audrey and the Roping measures up, more than meets that standard. Honestly, I got chills reading this novel. It's that good. It's not often that a writer of such skill, such ease with tone, style, dialogue, setting, comes along. Set in Hawaii, the story moves with Jane Elliott through a series of failed relationships, a series of disjointed scenes that all have to do with Jane's inability to trust herself and trust that anyone can love her. She struggles to come to terms with her dissociated life. 'The fire flickered without much warmth or enthusiasm. Emily rubbed her hands against the outside of my legs like a trainer. Her hands burned the surface of my skin. I shivered into a towel, her body bright and warm against mine as if I still shielded the match in my palms. I name that moment, I name that place, as the one that moved beyond what I could handle. As the one that moved.' What Jane can't handle is the crux, the heart of this novel, set in rich language, lush descriptions of both physical setting and the emotional geography of Jane's constant attempts to break free of the scars left by her mother's death. Until her repeated efforts to feel something lead to jumping off cliffs, until she can't feel anything. Hurling herself at challenges, at walls, at lovers, at anything she thinks will break her, Jane finally finds that, like Icarus, brief moments of flight that bring her closer to destruction don't just burn away her wings but burn scars that begin to show on the outside as well as inside. Tethered to the ground, tied to the thing she would throw herself against, Jane breaks. This is a novel of such depth and skill and beauty that I can only record my awe at Malone's immensely engaging, readable, memorable first novel. If there are gods of literature, let them look down in praise. If there is justice, Jill Malone's first book will make her famous.