The new hilarious, poignant and darkly comic novel by the Queen of Comedy
Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is married with two children and lives in South London.
Brand's (It's Different for Girls) latest lacks focus as she alternates between the voices of a devoted husband, Keith, his schizophrenic wife, Gina, and their daughter, Alice. The story, set in a small English town, is best served when Alice dispels her concerns about the psychiatric illness that has left her mother, Gina, in a medicated fog throughout most of Alice's young life. Alice's voice is the most poignant and fleshed out, and she lends a certain charm to the tale, as does the clever twist of Alice's obsession with musician Morrissey, who first hit the music charts with his band the Smiths in the early '80s when Alice was a young teen. Her somber existence is mimicked in his music, which gives a solid sense of the period and Alice's thoughts. Alice's path provides an interesting insight into how a child deals with a parent's mental illness, but the book as a whole misses the mark, pulling in too many directions. And the introduction of Gina's family, an uneducated country bumpkin clan, only adds to the confusion. (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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