Zed, my novel, has been reviewed in Pages: the international magazine for people who love books. My review is beside the new John Updike book and just below Simon Schama’s. This was the first review NOT to have a warning to keep the book out of reach of children. Woo hoo! And because I am sooooo vain, and the review is short, I reproduce it here:
“Zed is only 12 years old and yet she is forced to fight for her life each and every day in Elizabeth McClung’s deliciously nightmarish novel. The feisty young girl survives minute-by-minute in the Tower – the frenzied underworld hell she calls home. The Tower is an urban development project in the inner city and proves to be the ultimate Darwinian experience for Zed, rapists, drug addicts, sociopaths, and the rest of the creepy characters who reside there in the vast squalor. There are no rules, so the girl makes them up as she goes along. McClung’s dark, wicked sense of humor shows through in the narrative as she chronicles Zed’s profoundly disturbing exploits. Shocking and complete with alarming psychological insights, Zed is like nothing you’ve read before.”
According to the publisher, Zed should be in stores in the US today. So please go and badger them some more. There is also a 31 page academic essay I wrote about Zed which explains some of the meaning, symbology, & origins of the book & characters. If you read the book all the way to the end you find out how to get it free from the publisher. Just to let you know, I lie in a few parts of the essay. Sorry, not telling you which bits.
In a desperate attempt for publicity, I want to announce my launch of Zed Children’s Parties. For a nominal fee, I will come and show the kids how to make a shiv, three different ways to tell when people are lying or about to attack you, and how to hide various weapons about your body. As a special game that’s also a meal, we get the kids practicing with fried chicken on how to rip a chunk of face out of an attacking adult with their teeth. Please book early.
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