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“The book’s brutal humor may, at its best, put you in mind of Flannery O’Connor … Moore’s spare, economical writing is full of offhand beauty. Her images are so surefooted they give you the impression of having been rendered not merely in the best words available but in the only words imaginable.” Todd Pruzan, New York Times Book Review
978-0-8021-7025-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2006
“Lisa Moore is an astonishing writer.” Richard Ford
Lisa Moore’s wickedly fresh first novela Canadian best seller, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canadian and Caribbean region), and a Globe and Mail Book of the Yearmoves with the swiftness of an alligator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters mingling in contemporary St. John’s, Newfoundland.
St. John’s is a city whose spiritual location is somewhere in the heart of Flannery O’Connor country. Its denizens jostle one another in uneasy arabesques of desire, greed, and ambition, juxtaposed with a yearning for purity, depth, and redemption. Colleen is a seventeen-year-old would-be ecoterrorist, drawn inexorably to the places where alligators thrive. Her mother, Beverly, is cloaked in grief after the death of her husband. Beverly’s sister, Madeleine, is a driven, aging filmmaker who obsesses over completing her magnum opus before she dies. And Frank, a young man whose life is a strange anthology of unpredictable dangers, is desperate to protect his hot-dog stand from sociopathic Russian sailor Valentin,
whose predatory tendencies threaten everyone he encounters.
Alligator is a remarkable book, a suspenseful, heartfelt, and sexy story that examines the ruthlessly reptilian and painfully human sides of all of us.