Please welcome my debut novel! Available now on Amazon Kindle, paperback to follow.
Copy editor impressions;
Violet Faulkner is a very engaging and attractive character – sensitive, intelligent, resourceful, complicated. She‘s an introvert who loves being a team player. She’s bookish but sporty. She is compassionate and affectionate, struggling with loss and abandonment and also judgmental and resentful. That is to say, she’s a fully-rounded human being. The author does a wonderful job of conveying her voice in this picaresque novel, which reads as a sort of fictional memoir. It deals with outsiderdom and identity and the casual cruelties of childhood, including the sexual harassment that girls face. It’s a fascinating look at what it’s like to grow up in the uncertainties of a foreign service life. Violet’s parents, who are UN aid workers, are mercurial figures, alternately supportive and indifferent to their only child.
The central event of Violet’s childhood is her witnessing a massacre in Rwanda, when she was sent by her parents to stay there with an expat family for her Easter holidays in 1994. Violet’s constant hallucinatory reliving of the events of that Easter in Rwanda suggests that she was traumatised by the experience – and she is tormented by survivor’s guilt.