Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What the great poet Maxine Chernoff has to say about my novel

Brixton Keys gorgeously realized Charlie Six stands among the best coming-of-age novels with its poetic and realistic evocation of London in the 1960s and a boy who needs to bust out of its post-war mentality. Of course, it doesn’t help that his father is a gangster and his mother a world-class nightlife addict. Charlie Six is as much at home mixing ‘Gin and Its’ as he is listening to the rock music and Beat poetry that charts his growth and finally leads to his escape. He has the frankness and tenderness of the best main characters with his truthful gaze and penetrating sense of his own circumstances. What Charlie learns along the way is both heartbreaking and hilarious – Maxine Chernoff, Some of Her Friends That Year

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