Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review: A Crime in the Neighborhood, Suzanne Berne

Finished reading this 1999 Orange Prize for Fiction today, its a short book, pacey and well worth the £1 I paid in a local charity shop. Clearly, I paid little attention to 1999’s Orange prize as I missed this at the time and have enjoyed catching up with a book that is very well written> Suzanne Berne writes sentences worth a re-read them and her prose is infused with wit, sadness, and a tension set up by the title. The conceit is that the crime, although horrific and unsolved, is the backdrop to a story of growing up and some brief reflections on that time. Marsha and her book of evidence are destined to cause trouble and pain … Berne leads her reader to the inevitable with poise and confidence.

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