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IN SEARCH OF ADAM

Caroline Smailes

Publisher: The Friday Project
Hardback
June 15 2007

Front cover of the book In Search Of Adam


IN SEARCH OF ADAM
Written by
CAROLINE SMAILES


Caroline Smailes, linguistic expert and Open University lecturer, must be praising the day a chance remark on Richard & Judy about Nearly Women compelled her to write In Search Of Adam, her debut novel. Without hat chance remark, she may not have written the book and, in all likelihood, would not have been “Scouted” by The Friday Project via her Blog. And, truth be told, were this novel to have remained in the dusty confines of Caroline’s bottom drawer it would have been a crying shame.

 


Motherless, rootless and unprotected, Jude Williams' childhood is fractured by the horror and experience of sexual abuse, forcing her to exist somewhere and nowhere in-between childhood and adulthood. Caught within the limitations of her own language and trapped within a family secret, Jude becomes the consequence of her mother's tragedy. As she moves through the 1980s, Jude's life is buffeted by choice and destiny and she collects experiences that layer her personal tragedy and plunge her into the darkest of worlds.

Powerful, is a single word summation of this novel. Beautifully crafted and delicately poised with distinctive nuances that make it stand out from the crowd, Caroline Smailes has produced a book to treasure for those who thought David Pelzer’s A Child Called It unputdownable.

It is not just the distinctive voice or film-like quality of the chilling descriptions that make the novel work on so many levels, but rather that this is a story that is so very clearly told from the heart with such indescribable confidence one that makes it something to be read by anyone with an interest in good writing.
9/10

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