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Red Audrey and the Roping

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“This is a literary gem . . . one of the best books I’ve read this year.”—Ellen Hart

"This raw and convincing first novel is narrated by a woman who can’t help testing the limits of her ability to endure pain in her intimate relationships with men and women... the vivid characters and potent emotions keep the pages turning."—The Advocate

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Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Bywater Books (first published April 1st 2008)
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Cher
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, homosensual
While the prose style is clever, this bisexual protagonist is such an arch brat so far. Everything about the story should be interesting, and yet I feel kept at arm's length by a combination of nihilism and grooviness. I'm only on page 60, so I'll give it another 60 pages to "rope" me in as it were.

Let me sum up this book:
My mommy abandoned me. I cannot face the fact that I am a homo, so I'll let men "abuse" me. By golly do I ever love extreme sports. Everyone wants me to "let them in" but I wo
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Alice
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This novel is probably not for everyone. It's not linear. It's not necessarily uplifting. It's fragmented, but ultimately cohesive.

The prose style is rich and evocative without being overdone or overwrought. I loved this novel from page one. And indeed, it's probably the best novel I've read in a while.

But fair warning, the subjects aren't candy and puppies and neither are any of the characters. It's not a genre novel of any kind and doesn't follow a distinct formula, which might be disconcerti
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Kylie Sparks
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbtq
I thought this book was pretty amazing. I tore through it in a day and a half. It's intense, nonlinear (which I usually don't like but did in this case) and uses language in very surprising ways---something else I usually do not like but did with this book. At times I found it hard to believe the extremes in this character---professional Latin teacher and hard drinking masochistic surfer woman could really coexist in the same woman. But I found it very compelling nonetheless. ...more
Mary
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jill Malone is the girlfriend of one of my good friends. I went to one of her book readings here in Portland. So far the book is really good, it is not linear, so I'm still trying to fit the pieces together, but I do believe that is the point, since that is what the narrator is doing as well after coming out of a coma. ...more
Bett
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bett by: Kelly Smith of Bywater Books
Update: Red Audrey has made the short list for a Lambda literary award for debut fiction.

This debut novel by Jill Malone is simply brilliant, the best book I've read in a long, long time. It is remarkable to find the depth of skill and ease with language, with tone and style, with setting and dialogue, with pacing and tension and all the things that make a good book, in a first time author. I am ranting, I know, but I recommend everyone order a copy of this book now. If there is justice in the w
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Dide
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the beginning i didn't think i'd be rating this book anything more than 3stars. This isn't a regular love story (it actually isn't one), for me it is more of a journey to discovery and a cycle in a way (the dentist in relation to audrey).
As i read on, i really didn't want to like it...it disturbed me, the conflicts, the emotional and physical pain and the assumptions that somehow the book's character were forcing me in a way to confront and relate.
I hate to say it...but i do feel somewhat ac
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Elaine Burnes
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lesbian
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Faith Reidenbach
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it
"Her wide mouth like a place of extinction I kept returning to, looking for evidence, for precedent, for some archaeological proof of my existence."

That sentence pretty much sums up this novel for me. The author is so talented with language, she can write nonsense that carries you along as if you were surfing the Hawaii coast. This sentence is a summary in another way, too: the narrator has so little sense of self that she just barely kept me with her. (She does make a conscious choice to be bi,
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Julia
Definitely written at a higher level than the average bear in lesbian fiction, but didn't meet my "grab me by 20 pages in" requirement for book reviews. Problem: I didn't feel like I had a reason to care about what happens to the main character by that point. Writing style was solid enough (an accomplishment in its own right in this genre) that I will give Malone's next book a shot. ...more
Bywater Books
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction.

"A lyrical, passionate novel about desire, about danger, and about the need for self-forgiveness. A wonderfully impressive writing debut." -Sarah Waters

"A surfer chick who teaches Latin! The smart, adrenaline-addicted protagonist of Red Audrey and the Roping is irresistible." -Lucy Jane Bledsoe
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Tessa
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this tortuous, disjointed story at all. I finished the book only because I was hoping some miracle would bring it all together. None of the characters were likable, and it seemed as though the author was trying to show off how clever she was more than build the characters. I was quite relieved when I turned the last page!
Marjorie Elwood
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, glbt
A somewhat confusing look at lesbian relationships (confusing because the chapters jumped from topic to topic). The writing is lovely, but I was ultimately disappointed by the book because it seemed to go nowhere.
Stacy
Jun 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookgroup
I didn't even want to acknowledge the time I spent reading this dreadful, awful book. It was for my bookgroup......and it was an inexcusable waste of time.

Yuck.
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Emmi
Apr 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookgroup, lgbt
I couldn't stand this book and only finished it because it was for book group. ...more
Ulla
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful scary novel, an emotional roller coaster. I think I was holding my breath most of the time while reading it.

Going to re-read it at once, breathing this time!
Saundradawn
Such a great book! Not your typical novel, but very fulfilling.
Leanne Reads
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best book I read in 2012.
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Jill Malone grew up in a military family, went to German kindergarten, and lived across from a bakery where they put small toys, like train engines, into chocolate, and the gummi bears were the size of mice. In the South, she caught tree frogs, and played kickball. She has lived on the East Coast, and in Hawaii, and for the last fifteen years in Spokane with her son, two old dogs, and a lot of out ...more

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