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The Killing Jar: A Novel (edition 2007)

by Nicola Monaghan

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Title:The Killing Jar: A Novel
Authors:Nicola Monaghan
Info:Scribner (2007), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Incredibly grim story of a girl growing up on a drug-addled Nottingham housing estate. The grimness is made bearable by moments of great tenderness, between protagonist Kerrie Ann and her boyfriend Mark, but this is tempered by the fact that, the closer Kerrie Ann gets to Mark, the deeper she is sucked into a vortex of drug abuse. Compelling stuff, but so horrendous that I had to take a break between the more intense chapters, and read something more straightforwardly escapist. ( )
  RDFallis | Oct 1, 2012 |
Not like the Nottingham I remember but then I was born in a different time! ( )
  shirley8 | May 30, 2011 |
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In her stunning debut, Nicola Monaghan lays bare the gritty underbelly of life in Nottingham, England.

Very early on, Kerrie-Ann begins to dream of the world beyond the rough council estate where she lives. Her father is nowhere to be found, her mother is a junkie, and she is left to care for her little brother. Clever, brave, and frighteningly independent, Kerrie-Ann has an unbreakable will to survive. She befriends her eccentric, elderly neighbor, who teaches her about butterflies, the Amazon, and life outside of her tough neighborhood. But even as Kerrie-Ann dreams of a better life she becomes further entangled in the cycles of violence and drugs that rule the estate.

Brilliant, brutal, and tender, The Killing Jar introduces a brave new voice in fiction. Nicola Monaghan's devastating prose tells an unforgettable story of violence, love, and hope.

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"Very early on, Kerrie-Ann begins to dream of the world beyond the rough council estate where she lives. Her father is nowhere to be found, her mother is a junkie, and she is left to care for her little brother. Clever, brave, and frighteningly independent, Kerrie-Ann has an unbreakable will to survive. She befriends her eccentric, elderly neighbor, who teaches her about butterflies, the Amazon, and life outside of her tough neighborhood. But even as Kerrie-Ann dreams of a better life she becomes further entangled in the cycles of violence and drugs that rule the estate."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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