Tommie is eleven. David Lamb is fifty-four. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?
Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when Lamb decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects.
Lamb is a masterful exploration of the dynamics of love and dependency that challenges the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, confronts preconceived notions about conventional morality, and exposes mankind’s eroded relationship with nature.
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013 An unsettling exploration of manipulation and power between a middle-aged man and eleven year-old girl.
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013
"A devastatingly convincing portrait of abuse ... Add in pitch-perfect dialogue and this utterly assured, high stakes, high-wire act of a novel is proof that Nadzam is a very special talent indeed." --Daily Mail
"This daring, disturbing first novel imagines the friendship of a child and an older man . [and] flirts with the possibility that such relationships might not always have dire consequences . This is a fiction of striking distinction."--Independent
"Nadzam reveals Lamb: a damaged, destructive man . a haunting creation, to be both pitied and despised." --Sunday Telegraph
"This is a brilliantly unsettling read that casts a dark, manipulative spell - particularly against the gorgeously described backdrop of the American West." --Marie Claire
"Bonnie Nadzam manages to write gorgeous prose about people and skies and mountains while still creating tension and suspense on the level of a thriller ... Lamb is a remarkable debut by a writer to watch. I will be thinking about these characters for a long time." --Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Bonnie Nadzam was born in Cleveland, went to school in Chicago and has moved continually westward since then. She studied English literature and environmental studies at Carleton College and earned an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in a wide range of literary publications and she taught creative writing at Colorado College. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives with him in the Rocky Mountains.