Named twice as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, A. L. Kennedy plumbs the depths of darkness. In her ninth book of fiction, Paradise (HHHJ July/Aug 2005), she explored alcoholism. Day, a psychologically complex novel that examines the true costs of war, combines war, romance, and history. By delving deep inside Alfred's psyche, Kennedy offers an immediate, surreal portrait of one man's disintegration. Critics agree that Kennedy's vivid depictions of war are the most compelling, original parts of the novel. But because much of it follows a loose stream of consciousness, some objectivity and clarity are lost, leaving the reader (not always successfully) to piece together thoughts and interactions. The novel has power, but it takes a long time for it to come together.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.