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“In Brass, Walsh has created some of literature’s sexiest sex scenes, most out-of-it drug-taking . . . and imagery you won’t easily scrub off the back of your mind. It is spellbinding and utterly unique.” The Independent
978-1-84195-484-4 • $14.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2004
Not since Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting has an ambitious first novel created such a stir among readers of important new voices in fiction
Upon its release in the United Kingdom, British Vogue said, “If you want to find out what it is like to be a woman in England today [read] Brass.” Since then it has sent shock waves through literary circles for its raw, unrelenting, poetic, and utterly compelling portrait of Millie, a promising college kid drifting into a deceptively inviting world of street culture, drug-induced adorations, and sexual hedonism.
Helen Walsh, at the age of twenty-seven, has produced a staggeringly alive debut novel that portrays a generation of youththose coming of age in the ’80s and ’90sthrough the prism of Millie. As she drifts, Millie craves something nurturing, authentic, and profound from her broken family and longtime friendships. Her descent is one toward either self-understanding or destruction.
Raw, poetic, sexually frenetic, and utterly alive, Brass is one of the most startling novels to come out of Britain since Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting.