Sunday, July 23, 2006

The way she writes now

At the Sunday Times, Amanda Craig admires Meg Rosoff's new novel. I liked How We Live Now very much indeed, though in retrospect I should add the caveat that while the voice is very well-done, it is not perhaps quite as radically original as many readers felt: I was acutely reminded of two other grumpy-New-Yorker-teenage-girl narrators, the first (the similarities between these two are particularly striking, although they're very different books) being Jenny Gluckstein in Peter Beagle's Tamsin and the second being Suzy McKee Charnas's Tina in The Bronze King and sequels (I recommend all these books very highly).

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