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Maya Fowler

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Dustbowl revisited: When crazy, mixed-up kids grow up

It’s such a pleasure when a review copy crosses your desk and you turn out to really love the book. This breathtaking read took me by surprise, and days after I finished it it’s still on my mind. Take a look at the brief review I wrote for the Cape Times, below:

Sean, Eddie and Me by Paul Leger, Red Press Publishing, 2013

Nick Theron, salesman, 45, returns to the mining town of his childhood. He is seeking closure on the traumatic events brought about by the sophisticated, manipulative Michael Dempsey thirty years before, in the summer they turned sixteen. Leger has a gift for voice: His dialogue is pitch perfect, allowing him to create stunningly vivid characters. From the start, the sociopathic Michael chills the reader with his speech. His tone is flat but smooth, coolly distant but got-you-by-the-throat present and lacks the wild slang and colloquialisms that pepper the speech of the less worldly Nick, Sean and Eddie. The story is utterly compelling, and strikes the same emotional chords as Ron Irwin’s Flat Water Tuesday and Michiel Heyns’s The Children’s Day, with the same blend of youthful energy (juxtaposed with middle-aged disenchantment or disorientation), pathos and humour.

  • Review as published in the Cape Times, Friday 14 March 2014

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Sean, Eddie and Me, a novel by Paul Leger

Sean, Eddie and Me, a novel by Paul Leger

 

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