Along with stumbling through a children’s novel, I’ve also spent the last few months writing book reviews for the Jackson Free Press. My first review for the newspaper—okay, my first review for any paper outside of the college weekly—appeared today. Here’s a taste:
It’s that atmosphere, not the plot, that enriches Kaleidoscope, and gradually provides the characters complexity and depth. About a third of the way into the novel, Jack finds himself in Tampa, Fla. The money trail leads to an off-season carnival community, Kaleidoscope, run by a blue-skinned woman and an assortment of “freaks.” Among the inhabitants are dwarfs, a man with a grotesquely oversized scrotum, Siamese twins and a 500-pound woman.