Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Disraeli Avenue

Disraeli Avenue Disraeli Avenue by Caroline Smailes

In this touching novella, Caroline Smailes provides fascinating glimpses into the lives of the 32 residents of Disraeli Avenue--the location of her first novel, In Search of Adam. She displays a strong grasp of the regional dialect and social mores of her characters.

Disraeli Avenue expands upon the characters and events that Jude mentions in In Search of Adam. I nearly cried when I read Crystal Williams’ chapter reflecting on Jude, her older sister, and I found myself getting angry while reading Aunty Maggie's reflections. However, ending the collection with Jude’s father somehow made the story feel resolved, and although he doesn't redeem himself completely, he does bring the story full circle.

If you want a copy of this limited edition book, head on over to Caroline's website, and donate to a worthy cause while you're at it.


Caroline said...

Thank you x

The Dotterel said...

Love the idea of a follow-up, with the story of the novel's lesser characters. It's the literary equivilent of meeting up with long-lost friends!

marmiteandtea said...

That cover is beautiful and the both books sounds intriguing.

JJ said...

I've donated and downloaded. I'm looking forward to reading it. Caroline's writing reads like poetry; it's beautiful.