Updated with a couple of readings and reviews below.
Generation Loss is shipping out from our distributor this week—and we will be shipping pre-orders, too. The reviews continue to come in, including a great one in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday which included this quote from the book:
“I can smell damage; it radiates from some people like a pheromone. Those are the ones I photograph. I can tell where they’ve been, what’s destroyed them, even after they’re dead. It’s like sweat or semen or ash, and it’s not just a taste or scent. It shows up in pictures if you know how to catch the light.”
and went on to say:
Only, now, as the story opens, it’s been a decade since Cass took any photos she rates worth the paper they are printed on. She is too busy managing her highs that mask her decline and anger, stubbornly resisting digital technology and embracing Jack Daniel’s. All this would curdle into suffering-artist pap if Hand weren’t wise and brisk enough to put Cass on the road by page 33, driving toward Maine and a fresh challenge, perhaps even a shot at redemption.
Today there’s a review in Time Out New York which goes against the grain, not seeing it as a trad. arr. mystery from the start.
Time Out Chicago likes it a bit more:
This novel disturbs like Cass’s photos of dead junkies and squalid club scenes. While in some ways she’s just another self-destructive person, Cass’s intelligence and talent make her an appealing mess. Hand propels this oddly appealing character through an old-fashioned mystery-thriller with stirring results.
Another review ran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and can be read here:
Hand (Mortal Love, Black Light) expertly ratchets up the suspense until it’s at the level of a high-pitched scream near novel’s end.
Liz will out on the road doing some readings in the next month. Catch her if you can:
Saturday May 5 3 PM
Gulf of Maine Books
134 Maine St.
Thursday May 17 7 PM
28 North Maple Street
Florence, MA 01062
—reading with John Crowley, Paul Park,& others, & music from Flora Reed & Philip Price (of the Winterpills). Books supplied by Amherst Books. (Named Best Bookstore of New England by Boston
Friday May 18 Time TBA
Hiram Halle Memorial Library
271 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Saturday May 19 2 PM
162 E Main St
Mt Kisco, NY 10549
Wednesday May 23 7 PM
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Megan Sullivan of Harvard Book Store recommends Generation Loss:
“This smart, dark, literary thriller will keep you up at night. A photographer who has been drinking, doing drugs, and alienating everyone around her since the ’70s goes to Maine to interview a legendary photographer and gets caught up in the case of a missing girl.”
Saturday May 26
8 Bay View Street
Camden, ME 04843
Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Signing: Sat. June 2, 12-12.30 PM
Reading: Sun. June 3 10.30 AM (Foreword Second Stage)
Maine Festival of the Book
(Reading and panel participant)