Author(s): Kirsten Reed
A brilliant new take on the road novel. It evokes Kerouac and Nabokov in equal measure, describing an irresistible arc through the shining, translucent moment at the end of childhood.
Across the heartless expanse of middle America, a teenaged girl is riding shotgun with an older man. She watches him; she sees her fascination tallied in the black looks of waitresses, the knowing smiles of motel clerks. The man can see no proper way of conducting this relationship but is bound to her by concern and tenderness, perhaps desire. The girl craves only closeness. She knows the Ice Age is coming, and we will need to huddle together for warmth.
Kirsten Reed's debut novel captures the translucent moment at the end of childhood in all its awkwardness, sincerity and heedless vulnerability. In prose both lyrical and earthy, comic and darkly harrowing, this is a journey of irresistible momentum and tragic possibility.
First novel by this author.