The Deception Artist – Fayette Fox
Publisher – Myriad Editions
Release Date – 16 May 2013
Rating – 4.5/5
Source – Sent over from the publisher… thank you!
Who needs the truth?
Eight-year-old Ivy has a vivid imagination and tells lies so that people will like her. With her brother, Brice, in hospital, life at home feels unsettled and things become even more strained after her father loses his job, along with his sense of purpose. Ivy’s parents might divorce and her best friend hates her but, ever creative, she abandons her escapist fantasies and determines to uncover the truth.
In this sharp and funny literary debut set in Northern California during the 1980s recession, Fayette Fox delves deep into the dark heart of an ordinary American family – and finds out that make-believe isn’t just for kids.
The Deception Artist was a very sweet little book and a very quick (and addictive) read. The chapters are short and punchy, there were no boring bits and I was fully captivated by Ivy and her point of view of the goings on with her family. The way Ivy sees things harkens back to my own childhood when we also lived paycheck to paycheck, when my best friend stopped being my friend and when rumours of affairs were everyday occurrences. After reading this book, I’d like to think that I was the Ivy of the late 90s.
One thing I that really excited me about this book is that it started out as a NaNoWriMo novel. True, Fox didn’t “win” NaNo that year and the book itself took around 5 years to write, but Ivy’s story was the direct product of Fox “getting out there” and attempting to write a novel. As a fellow NaNoer, Fox’s story is way inspirational and gives me hope that maybe one day I too will write something worthy of publication.
I loved this book. I loved it so much that I want to pass it on to one of you guys! For your chance to win my copy of The Deception Artist, all you need to do is “like” or comment on this post by lunchtime on Thursday (12pm UK time).
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