Updated: Feb 19, 2019
“I once heard a filmmaker say that in order to be truly creative a person must be in possession of four things: irony, melancholy, a sense of competition, and boredom.”
I still don't actually know how I feel about this one. There is a significant part of it which I can't talk about without spoiling it - but essentially, I think this book is the product of an intention to do something unique and different which didn't quite pay off in the right way.
That being said, each of the three sections were enjoyable. The first, the story of an editorial assistant's affair with an older award-winning author, was very interesting. I was engaged with the characters and I definitely felt the sense that Halliday channelled her own experiences into it. The second was the story of an Iraqi-American journalist who gets detained at airport immigration in London on his way from LA to Iraq. Again, this was an interesting piece by itself. The third links back to the first and essentially reveals the connection.
I think ultimately it was trying a little too hard, but enjoyable nonetheless if you like literary fiction.
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*Please note that this book was given to me free-of-charge by the publisher.