Top positive review
Brutal, addictive, gorgeous.
on 25 November 2014
After seeing such mixed reviews for this book I couldn't bear not to write one of my own to balance them out. The problem some people seem to have with Deborah Kay Davies' writing is the shock-factor many of her stories contain. To these people I say: if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you have a delicate disposition, or take offence easily, this book is not for you. If, however, you are looking for something fresh and electrifying, something that makes you see the world anew, then I can't recommend this enough. Davies herself has said she enjoys writing "nasty" stories, and that is exactly what the vignettes in Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful are. Sisterly rivalry is the central theme and it manifests in some incredibly brutal ways. Yet, despite this, the main impression I took away from this collection was one of beauty. Originally a poet, Davies' writing is illuminating and completely addictive. For my money, the author has a gift for description almost unparalleled in contemporary British lit, and as an English undergraduate, I don't say that lightly.
So please ignore the negative reviews. If you have the stomach for it and want something raw and perceptive and totally compelling, then Deborah Kay Davies' writing is it.