“The Melody Cassaras’s propulsive and profound first novel, finding one’s home in the world – particularly in a subculture plagued by fear and intolerance from society – comes with tragedy as well as extraordinary personal freedom.” Esquire A gritty and gorgeous debut inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ballroom scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own.
Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably.
When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr, the consequences are astonishing. A rich, heady concoction, rippling with provocative ideas All my youth I gloried in the wild, exulting, rollercoaster prose and questing narratives of Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac, but cringed at the misogyny; couldn’t we have the former without the latter? Buckle your seat belts; it’s gonna be a wild feminist ride.” Rebecca Solnit Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God.
And no one—not the rebels, Jean de Men, or even Joan herself—can foresee the way her story and unique gift will forge the destiny of an entire world for generations. Yet it’s also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum . But then what begins as innocent letter writing with poet James starts to become something far more erotically charged, their meeting of minds threatening to become a meeting of bodies.
Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and the city’s vulnerable poor are disappearing from the streets.
Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.