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Identity: a novel Paperback – 13 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Born in Ireland and now living on the North East coast of England, Kitty Fitzgerald is the author of four previously published novels: Pigtopia (Faber), Small Acts of Treachery (Brandon), Snapdragons (Brandon), Marge (Sheba) and most recently, a collection of short stories, Miranda's Shadow (IRON Press 2013). She has also written drama for BBC Radio 4, for theatre and film. She is an occasional poet and journalist.
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I am very touched in the early chapters by the way the writer shows us the troubled Beth opening up like a flower inspired by her watching - even stalking - of the more 'normal' character, Lizzie. I like the precision of the role played by the radio and Beth's wearing of the beret in that brief flowering of her personality – in sad fact the first steps on the tragic road to murder.
Fitzgerald centres the narrative on the gradual unfolding of the doomed psychosis of her central character Beth. She leads us with a certain empathy into Beth's troubled mind. The skill with which she does this reminds me of her clever characterisation of the boy in her best-selling Pigtopia.,.
Her build up to the dramatic conclusion is cleverly constructed. I admired the way Fitzgerald has counterpointed Beth’s interior raging pain with the more 'normal' Lizzie’s ongoing dilemmas. However serious these are to her they are nothing to Beth’s tragic experiences in her life and the doomed inevitability of her actions.
An intense and rewarding read up to the quality of Pigtopia, It would make a good film.
is " reported" or talked about from a distance, but here the story is told in the first person.It is believable,
heartbreaking,and searingly honest and as ever with Fitzgerald her characters are real.
She also,cleverly ,adds an ethereal quality to the story, and writing.
Incredibly well written and beautifully paced.It is both powerful and poignant.
This is an important book.