PEYTON AMBERG, Tama Janowitz
(finished reading on 16/11/2008)
Not since I read Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride have I been so genuinely disturbed by a novel. I was depressed for three days after finishing this.
Peyton is a strange anti-hero. I wanted her to succeed, to find happiness, but I knew right from the start that she wouldn’t. It is bleak reading with that knowledge, because she tries so hard. I recognised myself in her quest (though, what quest? Does she know what she’s looking for?), but at the same time she made me feel very uncomfortable. It is a strange reaction to a character.
As ever with Janowitz, it was totally engrossing (I read for three and a half hours straight until three o’clock in the morning during one session) and very funny.
Jayne hearts Tama.