Hardcover: 288 pages
Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband
Publisher: Tinder Press
ISBN-13: 978-147220935116 Jan 2014
Okay, so the title of Natalie Young’s debut novel may be a little bizarre – not to say off-putting to male readers with wives – but don’t be daunted because Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband is one gem of a read.
Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she's going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob's shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it's not for the faint-hearted.
To say that, in places, readers will cringe with delight, Natalie Young has a style that is to say the least memorable and compelling and Lizzie is surprisingly a delightful creation. Her nuances are so crystal clear and her emotions so tangible, it almost as though she is sat next to you.
There are underlying emotions here, too, which highlights further the rich, dark humour that bleeds through almost every page that makes the anarchy sparkle. We may not all have physically taking Lizzie’s route to freedom, but have we never thought of doing so to some minor level?
Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband is quirky, ghoulish, delightfully written, compelling, disturbing, thought provoking and – above all – original (could anyone really ask for more from a Crime novel?) and Natalie Young should be applauded long and loud for writing it.
Interview with Natalie Young by Chris High 2014