Alligator by Lisa Moore
A Novel

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Lisa Moore’s wickedly fresh first novel—a Canadian best seller, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canadian and Caribbean region), and a Globe and Mail Book of the Year—moves with the swiftness of an alligator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters mingling in contemporary St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. John’s is a city whose spiritual location is somewhere in the heart of Flannery O’Connor country. Its denizens jostle one another in uneasy arabesques of desire, greed, and ambition, juxtaposed with a yearning for purity, depth, and redemption. Colleen is a seventeen-year-old would-be ecoterrorist, drawn inexorably to the places where alligators thrive. Her mother, Beverly, is cloaked in grief after the death of her husband. Beverly’s sister, Madeleine, is a driven, aging filmmaker who obsesses over completing her magnum opus before she dies. And Frank, a young man whose life is a strange anthology of unpredictable dangers, is desperate to protect his hot-dog stand from sociopathic Russian sailor Valentin, whose predatory tendencies threaten everyone he encounters. Alligator is a remarkable book, a suspenseful, heartfelt, and sexy story that examines the ruthlessly reptilian and painfully human sides of all of us.
 

About Lisa Moore

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Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of two Scotiabank Giller Prize-finalists, Open, a story collection, and the novel Alligator, which also won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. Moore lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Frank and Colleen meet at a wet T-shirt contest and she robs him of his life savings, heading to Louisiana to find the survivor of an alligator attack that appeared as a terrifying illustration of accidental catastrophe in one of Madeleine’s documentary films.

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Sharp and shifty, Lisa Moore's superb Alligator begins with teen ecoterrorist Colleen Clark watching a film by her aunt Madeleine, a frail-hearted director, then adds a cast including depressed actress Isobel, hot-dog vendor Frank, and Frank's vicious bully of a neighbor, Valentin.

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Set in Newfoundland - not as the first edition of this review had it Nova Scotia - but which is still not - so far as I know - prime alligator country, Moore's book has all the sultry languidity of the swamps.

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