LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013
An unsettling exploration of manipulation and power between a middle-aged man and eleven year-old girl.
Tommie is eleven. David Lamb is fifty-four.
There's nothing wrong with that, is there?
This is longlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction 2013. An unsettling exploration of manipulation and power between a middle-aged man and eleven year-old girl. Tommie is eleven. David Lamb is fifty-four. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?
Bonnie Nadzam was born in Cleveland, went to school in Chicago and has moved continually westward since then. She studied English literature and environmental studies at Carleton College and earned an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in a wide range of literary publications and she taught creative writing at Colorado College. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives with him in the Rocky Mountains.
Bonnie Nadzam manages to write gorgeous prose about people and skies and mountains while still creating tension and suspense on the level of a thriller ... Lamb is a remarkable debut by a writer to watch. I will be thinking about these characters for a long time. -- Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake This is a brilliantly unsettling read that casts a dark, manipulative spell - particularly against the gorgeously described backdrop of the American West. Marie Claire Nadzam reveals Lamb: a damaged, destructive man ... a haunting creation, to be both pitied and despised. Sunday Telegraph This daring, disturbing first novel imagines the friendship of a child and an older man ... [and] flirts with the possibility that such relationships might not always have dire consequences ... This is a fiction of striking distinction. Independent A devastatingly convincing portrait of abuse . . . Add in pitch-perfect dialogue and this utterly assured, high stakes, high-wire act of a novel is proof that Nadzam is a very special talent indeed. Daily Mail