All posts tagged: adolescence

A Blazing Portrait of a highly enmeshed sibling relationship, a crumbling English house, a despondent writer-illustrator mother and a slippery twist in Daisy Johnson’s SISTERS

By Leslie Lindsay  A taut, twisty, mind-bending read that is so superbly written, so lyrical and tragic.  ~Writers Interviewing Writers|Always with a Book~ Spotlight: Siblings A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR ONE OF THE TOP TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR —PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR —VULTURE “Daisy Johnson is the demon offspring of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King.” —The Observer (London)“Builds a gothic plot to an artful and shocking climax.” —The New York Times“Ends with a magnificent twist.” —The Boston Globe From a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out. Something unspeakable and unbearable happened between sisters July and September, just 10 months apart and named for their birth months. What presents as not-quite a thriller, not quite-a novel, not-quite horror or prose poetry, it is but all of those things, and that’s what makes SISTERS (Riverhead, August 2020) such a slippery one to pin down. Reading this story is strange and fantastical, a bit like a …

What if you committed a heinous act as a teenager & it continued to haunt you? Emily Arsenault explores this & more in THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU

By Leslie Lindsay  Dark tale about a woman and her younger, troubled days, a murdered psychologist, and a small town cop. Plus, Emily chats about characters flirting with madness, staying disciplined as a mom-writer, and the books that stay with her. Dr. Mark Fabian is found murdered in his office. His patients are suspected: including former patient, Nadine Raines, and Johnny Streeter, now serving a life sentence for a mass shooting at a local retirement home. But Nadine and Johnny were patients over 20 years ago, in 1997…what could they possibly have to do with Dr. Fabian’s death? And why now? THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2018) is an edgy small town whodunit with alternating POVs and time periods, mostly focused on Nadine and Henry, a police officer-newly-turned-detective. And of course, what happened to Dr. Fabian? At once a psychological thriller, THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU is also a slight deviation from Arsenault’s previous works as this one is also part police procedural. Emily Arsenault takes her readers into the dark folds of …

Fiction Friday: Back to the Beginning. Annie & Synesthesia

By Leslie Lindsay I may have finished the manuscript, but now I am going back in and adding–well–color, depth, bringing the darn thing alive.  Here’s a flashback which stands as a prologue (for now), and gives some glimpse into Annie’s inner mind.  Annie 18 years ago Senior Year “With the school day now behind me, I pace in front of the post office, another job I couldn’t possibly do.  Too many numbers and letters.  They would all be screaming at me in color.  My planner is filled with assignments—busy-work, mostly—they try to keep us seniors engaged in the spring time.  Spring Fever, they call it.  I’m on to their game.  A gentle breeze floats past, all tangerine swirls and warm vanilla.  I inhale deeply, expecting the smell of an orange sickle.  Nothing.  This time, I see only the breeze.  Next to the post office is Dr. Frick’s office.  A hard, splintery name.  Frick.  As in “what the frick is this about?”  Her voice is gritty and rumbling, her face worn.  She looks like a frick.  …