Why I bought it: "Darkly lyrical, sensual, suspenseful, and disturbing, The CandyDarlings is a celebration of friendship, story, and the power of each to help you define yourself--or simply survive." I'm pretty much a sucker for books with a sucker on their cover--plus "darkly lyrical" and "disturbing" are adjectives that almost always grab me. I do like me some disturbing...
A few books that are coming my way:
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Why I bought it: "Any "whingers" out there won't feel comfortable in Mitchell's new novel of burgeoning and cruel adolescent boys in the rural but hardly pastoral England village of Black Swan Green."(PW) I'm not a whinger and enjoy any book in which whingers won't feel comfortable. Also, statements like "skillfully drawn", "subtly interwoven", and "challenge readers' complacency" give me a the warm fuzzies.
Next we have two picks that Little Willow turned me on to...
Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn
Why I bought it: "When Beckett is transplanted to an upscale school in Manhattan after the death of her mother, she is not surprised to be snubbed by the in-crowd. What does surprise her, and her loving father, is that when she looks out her apartment window one night, the three most popular girls in school are dead on the asphalt below, their blue jeans seeping blood." (Amazon) Um... SOLD!!! but there was more things to make me all giddy..."a brilliant and sinister vision of a schoolgirl's loss of innocence. As for the virgin suicides, the bats, the bloody bundles in the freezer, the reader comes to realize, with Beckett, that it doesn't matter what is real, only what is true." (Amazon) Sounds like a mindfreak novel... what is real? What is true? I'll probably never know the answers to these questions and I think that is pretty cool. Sounds dark and gothic and distrbing (!!!) and if I'm really lucky maybe even some subtle sarcastic remarks about cruelness of society and the like...
Swollen by Melissa Lion:
Why I bought this book: "This dense and thought-provoking book is a richly rewarding read. It delves so deeply into character that one feels as if layers are being peeled away to reveal more facets of Samantha's emotional life. An achingly beautiful story that shows one young woman's growing strength as she realizes that she deserves better." (SLJ) It promises to be a psychologically complex novel, a big plus! And its clearly a character-driven story, which is as you may have noticed I trend toward.
and finally... just in case you didn't believe me when I said I loved me some disturbing:
Perv: A Love Story by Jerry Stahl