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by Sandra Newman (Goodreads Author)
Tanya and Todd have moved from Massachussets to London for different reasons; Tanya is trying to forget her deeply disturbed upbringing while Todd wants to pursue a career as an artist. But when the beautiful and psychotic Eleanor moves in with them, the flatmates are forced to confront their repressed pasts.
Paperback, 257 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Chatto & Windus
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Funny. Terrifying. Provocative. Grotesque. Hilarious. Sad. Beautiful. Poignant. Crazy. Psychotic. Edgy. Miserable. Misery. Tears. Ha. Love. Passion. Passion. Sex. Fucking. Self harm. Paedophile. Death. Dying. Murder. Cancer. Obese. Fat. Religion. Rich. Money. Diary. Off kilter. Madness. Engaging. Escapism. Drugs. Hedonistic. Children. Innocence. Drink. Drugs. Drink. France. London. America. Mutilation. Art. Lies. Thief. Theft. Apologies. Insincere. Laughter. Mocking. Beauty. Ethereal. Heaven. He ...more
Cake is a provocative work of narrative. Though all the elements of a female serial-killer whodunnit are there, Newman chose instead to send a big 'fuck you' to the pot-boiler template, presenting the work instead as a collage pastiche of connections and disconnections between Londoners living in a blurry world and addicted to the painful beauty involved in longing for what we shouldn't have. Many reversals take place, but again, not through plot reversals as a thriller would have done, but thro ...more
This is a good book, lyrical in a funny, claustrophobic, airless sort of way. Builds narrative spell in short, spiky sections. Satirical of London art types (check out Peter Piper), confused about relationships, warm towards her characters, but ... there's a sharp, observant wit that wins you over more. Finally moving.
this book is an excellent study in nonlinear narrative. the characters are somewhat michelle tea-ish, a lot of broke punks and artists. takes place in london. a sensational story, involving murder, sexaholism, incest, that is not delivered as such. dark humor; terrific writing.