Lyrical, touching, fresh and passionate come to mind when reading the amazing debut novel by Jill Malone. The reader is drawn into a complicated story of love and self-loathing of a young woman trying to find her way in the world.

Recovering from a serious accident, linguistics professor Jane Elliot interweaves memories and dreams to unfold her story. “I dreamt of Audrey again…[This] time I knew it was a dream. My mother sat in the passenger’s seat with her bare feet propped on the dash…I said, But you’re dead…” This initial bit of storytelling is the core to Jane’s struggle as she tries to decipher her past in order to live in her present.

Malone has accomplished an enormous feat with her wonderful writing and characterization in Red Audrey. The reader will get so caught up Jane’s intriguing tale that when the last page is turned it is hard to let go of the story. A must read!

Red Audrey and the Roping
Jill Malone
Bywater Books / $14.95
ISBN 978-1-932859-54-6

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