Cruise Control by Victoria Jenkins

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An intensely personal investigation of loss told with intelligence and restraint, Victoria Jenkins' second novel, Cruise Control, is an exploration of space and self, real and unreal, and a noir celebration of language and observation.

Geographically and psychologically adrift following a divorce, Louise begins an odyssey that takes her from Seattle to Los Angeles, across Texas and into Mexico. Her big car, the expansive empty West, and a film director who is very precise and specific about what he wants, people her landscape. Louise herself is very unsure about what seh desires, and characters, events and circumstances all contribute to her unmooring.

While Louise herself may seem adrift, her wry wit and specificity of language make loneliness sexy, cinematic, and ultimately, deeply involving.


About Victoria Jenkins

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Published March 1, 2002 by Permanent Pr Pub Co. 165 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jenkins’s autobiographical second novel (after Relative Distances, 1990) explores the miasma that ensues in the wake of divorce, as Louise, a Seattle-based screenwriter and mother of two, steps right from signing the papers into an affair with a married movie director.

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She is looking for some place that will provide a new sense of home, but her wanderlust does little to change her profound sense of emotional and spiritual dislocation, and a powerful combination of nostalgia and ennui prevents her from diving into any revelatory experiences the road might offer.

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samurai is such a peculiar idea it’s something a video game probably would’ve invented if it wasn’t already based on historical fact.

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