A Field Guide to Deception
Praise for "Red Audrey and the Roping" by Jill Malone:
"Luminescent writing. . . . Finely tuned, daring, and perceptive, Malone's auspicious debut leaves us wanting more."--Whitney Scott, "Booklist"
"A lyrical, passionate novel about desire, about danger, and about the need for self-forgiveness. A wonderfully impressive writing debut."--Sarah Waters, author of "Tipping the Velvet" and "The Night Watch"
"First-rate writing and characterization."--Cecelia Martin, "Diva"
"Malone's nonlinear novel jitterbugs through time and place--the splintered chronology is a rewarding challenge. . . . A dazzling and dramatic debut."--Richard Labonte, BookMarks/Q Syndicate
In Jill Malone's second novel, "A Field Guide to Deception," nothing is as simple as it appears: community, notions of motherhood, the nature of goodness, nor even compelling love. Revelations are punctured and then revisited with deeper insight, alliances shift, and heroes turn anti-hero--and vice versa.
With her aunt's death Claire Bernard loses her best companion, her livelihood, and her son's co-parent. Malone's smart, intriguing writing beguiles the reader into this taut, compelling story of a makeshift family and the reawakening of a past they'd hoped to outrun. Claire's journey is the unifying tension in this book of layered and shifting alliances.
"A Field Guide to Deception" is a serious novel filled with snappy dialogue, quick-moving and funny incidents, compelling characterizations, mysterious plot twists, and an unexpected climax. It is a rich, complex tale for literary readers.
Jill Malone's first novel, "Red Audrey and the Roping," won the Bywater Prize for Fiction.