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Advice for Strays

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Marnie’s schizophrenic father has gone missing, again. But this is the longest he’s ever been gone and the pressure of the unknown weighs heavily upon Marnie’s mind. Her younger sister Jess’s response is to spend her days sitting on the sofa obsessively plucking out her eyelashes one by one; on top of that something ominous appears to have scared away all the neighbourhood ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published 2010 by Jonathan Cape
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66th out of 86 books — 159 voters
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Jun 12, 2010 Taiss rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: collection-owned
I am someone who tends to ravish books from cover to cover in a gluttenous devouring orgy of literary hunger.

Every book in front of me is a meal. Every meal time feels like it is the first after a famine that lasted an eternity.

Which is why I wanted to change my "eating" habits when I recieved a copy of Justine's book.

Actually, that's not true.

I read the first eight chapters before UK postage stamp on the packaging hit the floor.

I stopped. I realised that this was an amazing book.

It was a liter
Rafael Torres
Beautiful. The thing that struck me the most about this book is how Justine is able to perfectly convey the atmosphere—the sights, sounds, smell, the feel—of a moment, thus succeeding in making the surreal as authentic as being there. In the hands of a less talented writer this wouldn't have worked, but Justine's skillful writing does it, and triumphs. She is the real deal.

Highly recommended.
Jann Barber
The words were carefully chosen and I often found myself re-reading passages just because of the way the words fit together. Reading this book was like a fine dining experience; it was delicious on so many levels.

Marnie's journey was lovely but also heart breaking. I wanted to read quickly in order to find out what happened next, but I also wanted to savour the reading. I'm glad I took my time.

My most favorite descriptive parts involved peripheral vision (page 209) and Marnie's memory (page 204)
i really didn't expect this to break my heart.
I started reading this last August, and only finished last month, taking the advice of other people who read this book to go slow with it. No, actually, what happened was school started, and the lack of forward momentum in the story compelled me to read only incrementally in the last few months. But for a 311 page book, that was still a long time.

Even so, once I finished the book I realized that I really liked it. It’s about a pleasant but anxious and slightly insecure woman named Marnie, who, w
(3.5 stars) Marnie is worried about the disappearance of her father. It is not the first time, but this feels different. There relationship has been difficult, with great highs and lows due to his mental illness. Other strange things are occurring in her neighborhood, including a large number of missing cats, eventually including her own. Each chapter is prefaced by a "lost" flyer for one of these felines. Marnie feels lost herself and this feeling has a very unintended consequence: it brings ba ...more
Marnie, the story’s protagonist is worried. Her father has gone missing. He has schizophrenia and has gone off in the past however has never stayed away so long.
In addition the local cats are missing, including her beloved ‘Mr Knuckles’.
Marnie needs help however has no support from her sister (who is becoming ‘unhinged’) or her best friend-who has her own problems.
At her lowest ebb Marnie begins to sense that she is ‘not alone’
and has a feeling that there is a ‘presence’ around her. Then appears
Advice for Strays is a moving novel of relationships between friends, family and your own self. It questions how we deal with those we love, the guilt involved and the various mechanisms at work that help us cope, sometimes well, sometimes poorly with issues of life that may, in the end, be easier to deal with directly, instead of constructing the stories we tell ourselves that ultimately serve to avoid confrontation. Stylistically Killkerr is very self aware. Her prose has an ethereal texture i ...more
Britta Jensen
I really like the style of writing: very interesting!
Emma Suvall
I found the story confusing in the beginning, especially with the changing of narrators. However, once I was about half way through, I couldn't put it down. I didn't "fall in love" with the characters as I often do, so for me, there weren't many emotions. Overall I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to Dan Rhodes fans.
I'm not sure I can accurately put into words how much I adored this book! The author's way with words created a novel that is poetic yet simplistic at the same time. It was refreshing to read something so well-written by a first time author and I'm a sucker for unique plots which this one definitely had.
Shawna Foster
A beautiful book depicting characters dealing with loss. Masterfully created in an eretheal manner, it shows how hopes and wishes mingle in and out of reality; how people lost from us still live in our heads, and how the cat(s) came back.

Oh, and a MUST READ!
Will probably try to review this at a later date. I was torn between two and three stars, because I was very into this book up until the end. It kind of lost me a bit, and I was very unhappy when I finished it.
This is one of the weirder books I've read. I found it depressing and a struggle to get through. I didn't like all the switching narrators and didn't like the main character either. Bit of a silly book choice for me!!
Brent Hammond
This book is magical and witty and delightful and a bit melancholy, very much like its author. Well worth the time and care required to read it.
Joanne Harding
I registered a book at!
Kathleen Miller
Beautifully told, breathtakingly written. It grabbed me from the first sentence and didn't let go for a second. A stunning debut novel.
A peculiar book. Well written, carefully thought out. Not enough resolution for me in the ending though.
lovely, haunting.
multiple perspectives. fugue states.
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