Putney by Sofka Zinovieff

Well, this was a book that certainly caught me off guard!

This novel is a collision between the obvious Lolita narrative, the bohemian childhood captured in The Strays by Emily Bitto, and a surprise thriller in a #metoo context. Quite the combination!

We follow three characters and their perspectives looking back on a childhood encounter that changed all of their lives. While the three are pitched at indicating a victim, a perpetrator, and a witness perspective, I felt like these lines blurred as the novel progressed.

For those who might be deterred by the Lolita comparisons, I actually felt like this was a much more empowering perspective on the issues that novel evokes. Certainly this was helped by the multiple perspectives this is told from.

This is so well written and a compelling page turner, definitely have a read when it comes out on 18 August 2018. Thanks to Harper Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s