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Janet van Eeden Talks to Tracey Farren About Snake

SnakeIn her latest Q&A for LitNet, Janet van Eeden speaks to Tracey Farren whose latest book, Snake, was recently published by Modjaji Books. The interview is accompanied by a review of the book:

Tracey, you have written an unusual book in that it is narrated by a twelve-year-old girl who is talking to a journalist from a tabloid magazine. This is an unusual format, as it is reportage in one way, but the story flows forward as the girl, Stella, relates the events that happened to her. What made you decide to tell the story in this way?

I am, strangely enough, not very attracted to stories told in a child’s voice. It is difficult to tell adult stories through a child’s eyes without losing the reader’s identification at some stage. The trick is to keep the adult mind engaged. Although the journalist in Snake doesn’t say much, her jaded, adult perspective provides a strong counterpoint to the child’s thinking. Ironically, the child turns the tables on the manipulative woman, innocently exposing the woman’s mercenary intentions and self-seeking strategies.

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