At a mere 185 words, this write-up is hardly a review, but for Bridget McNulty‘s soon to be released US edition of Strange Nervous Laughter it surely is a toot. Make that toot a rooty-toot-TOOT! We’re giving McNulty a carrot because it’s not everyday that a home girl gets a mention in so prestigious a journal as the Publisher’s Weekly; just because – as the cool kids say – we can.
Actually, some anonymous body said nice things too: “McNulty’s light touch and evocative descriptions of Durban make for an absorbing read”:
The lives of six people collide in McNulty’s magical realism–infused debut set in the South African city of Durban during the hottest summer on record. Beth, a cashier at a small grocery, is on duty when the store is robbed. She and the two customers, Mdu and Meryl, are unharmed but shaken. Soon after the robbery, Beth—who floats when she’s happy—begins dating Pravesh, an undertaker who can sense death by a tingling at the back of his knees and heat in his ears.
- Strange Nervous Laughter by Bridget McNulty
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