Kimberly's Capital Punishment by Richard Milward

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...the greatest drain on the novel's credibility is not the lysergic outbreaks so much as the metropolitan setting.
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Kimberly Clark was born to the sound of cackling witches in 1984. Having moved to London to follow her heart's dream, the sweet-but-slow Stevie, she soon tires of him and decides to destroy the relationship from within by being as vile as is humanly possible. When this tactic leads to Stevie's violent death by his own hand, Kimberly's soul hangs in the balance - will she ultimately spend eternity in the great Topshop in the sky? Or will she be hurtled into an abyss of endless physical torture, sexual humilation and bad stand-up comedy? This is the story of Kimberly's redemption, or possibly the story of her damnation: it's up to you. There are six different endings to choose between.

This is a shocking, laugh-out-loud, nightmare-and-nausea-inducing book; a wild narrative experiment that recalls taboo-busting writers from William Burroughs to Irvine Welsh to Chuck Palahniuk.

 

About Richard Milward

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Richard Milward was born in 1984. His debut, Apples, was published in 2007, and his second novel, Ten Storey Love Song, in 2009, to huge critical acclaim. A Fine Art graduate of Central St Martin's College, he currently lives in Middlesbrough, where he grew up.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Aug 17 2012

...the greatest drain on the novel's credibility is not the lysergic outbreaks so much as the metropolitan setting.

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