Janice Galloway's inventive first novel is about the breakdown of a 27-year-old drama teacher named Joy Stone.
The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture Joy, who blames her problems not on her work or on the accidental drowning of her illicit lover but on herself.
While painful and deeply serious, this audiobook holds great warmth and energy: it's the wit and irony found in moments of despair that prove to be Joy's salvation.
"A real achievement; its dialogue sparks and its voice is true. For Janice Galloway the trick is simply to keep writing." (Scotsman)
"An account from the inside of a mind cracking up...its writing is as taut as a bowstring. From brilliant title to closing injunction, it hums with intelligence, clarity, wit; and, its heroine's struggle for order and meaning seduces our minds, exposes how close we all of us are to insanity. Joy, as Galloway's heroine reluctantly lets us know that she's called, is simply that dangerous step or two nearer the edge." (Listener)
"Claustrophobic but extraordinary." (Sunday Times)
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The Trick Is To Keep Reading
I would recommend it to some friends--it's not an easy book to get into as it's narrative jumps around quite a bit. If you keep at it, eventually you kind of get into the flow. Based on some reviews I read, I wonder if it would work better as a "regular" book instead of an audiobook, as I understand there are some visual clues in the book (italics, other changes in type) that indicate flashbacks or other changes in narration. It might be easier to track in text. That's not to say I didn't think the reader did a fine job, but some things can't be replicated in audiobook form.