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Incendiary by Chris Cleave
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Jun 25, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: must-read

Chris Cleave is a writer I wish I was tired of reading, because that would mean that my thirst for his books was at its limit. However, that is not the case. Ever since reading "Little Bee" several months ago, I've been entranced with Cleave's ability to portray and articulate his character's voices with simplicity and ease. "Incendiary" was his first book, which is a letter to Osama Bin Laden from a young, thirty-something wife and mother who lost his husband and son in a terrorist attack. Ironically, the book debuted in stores the same day as the London Subway bombings. This wife/mother's voice comes from a woman who is a "townie" and thrives off of gin and tonics and sex to ease her stress. A few strong male characters come and go in this widow's life, whom both lead her down a more destructive and unhealthy life than she's already had. Cleave sucks you in from the first line and aquatints you with the characters first-hand, leaving you distraught and helpless for the main character. "Incendiary" was turned into a movie featuring Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor and Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice, Death at a Funeral), all who give strong performances. But, as with 99% of movies derived from books, there's no comparison to the whole story on print, especially with when it's written by Cleave.
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Lisa When reading your review, I had to laugh as you and I must be from the same pod. Pleased that I had as I had no idea is was made into a movie, thinking just this morning - "Wish they made a movie". lol.

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