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.
©2015 Janice Galloway (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
"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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"Audio enhances this book"
I read this before a while ago. Enjoyed it even more with this excellent reading.
Very depressing insight into a life of someone going through a horrible point in life. This person doesnt seem to be trying to make any changes in her life for the better. A very real insight.
"almost not fiction"
No, although I enjoyed the book, listening to it once was enough.
it was a very clever book - it got into your head
all the same
I have an understanding of what the main charactor has gone through, so it was very intense at times.
"Very sorry but found it very boring "
I couldn't tolerate the accent, tone or style of the narrator. I tried to keep going, but the story was plain and uneventful.
If you see my reviews I am very enthusiastic when reviewing a good book, I frequently give 4-5 stars if I have thoroughly enjoyed a book, I never give 4-5 star reviews unless I feel the book, author and narrator are deserving.
So it is with regret when I review and give 2-3 stars, rarely do I award 1....but I regret wasting my money buying this book. I've seen 3 other titles by this author and played the clip, they sound the same so shall be avoiding them.
I have many awesome audiobooks that I frequently replay, same as rereading good books, they stay with you, you love the characters so much, inevitability sequels are hoped for.
Thankfully there are many excellent books awaiting discovery!
This is one that I have struggled to listen to and felt disappointed with the way story ended - anticlimax
"Really didn't enjoy this"
Jumbled and poor story line which I found very boring. Persevered in the hope that the point of the book would be revealed but was very disappointed. Don't usually write these reviews but found this a complete waste of money 😕
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