Mountains of the Moon by I. J. Kay
A Novel

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This is not a Cinderella story. Kay is too intelligent a writer to give us the happy ever after.
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A highly original novel about a young woman’s journey from shattered youth to self-discovery

After ten years in a London prison, Louise Adler (Lulu) is released with only a new alias to rebuild her life. Working a series of dead-end jobs, she carries a past full of secrets: a childhood marked by the violence and madness of her parents, followed by a reckless adolescence. From abandoned psychiatric hospitals to Edwardian-themed casinos, from a brief first love to the company of criminals, Lulu has spent her youth in an ever-shifting landscape of deceit and survival. But when she’s awarded an unexpected settlement claim after prison, she travels to the landscape of her childhood imagination, the central African range known as the Mountains of the Moon. There, in the region’s stark beauty, she attempts to piece together the fragments of her battered psyche.

Told in multilayered, hallucinatory flashbacks, Mountains of the Moon traces a traumatic youth and explores the journey of a young woman trying to transform a broken life into something beautiful. This dazzling novel from a distinctive new voice is sure to garner the attention of critics and readers alike.

 

About I. J. Kay

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I. J. KAY studied creative writing in England, where she earned an MA with distinction. She has lived in both the UK and West Africa. This is her first novel.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Penguin Books. 365 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Mountains of the Moon
All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jul 10 2012

This book asks things from you. You will learn to be comfortable with indeterminateness, with vaguely tethered pronouns, with dimly lighted horrors.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ophelia Field on Jan 28 2012

Yet Mountains of the Moon does everything that novels can do, and does them in a very original way. IJ Kay...has achieved a kind of success against the odds just as exhilarating as her heroine's unlikely victories.

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Good
Reviewed by Clare Allan on Jan 27 2012

This is not a Cinderella story. Kay is too intelligent a writer to give us the happy ever after.

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