Gee, M (2019) Blood. Fentum Press. (Forthcoming)

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Who attacked Dad? This is a novel about a deeply taboo subject, parricide,in the age of Me Too. When a corrupt, brutal dentist, Albert Ludd, is found battered and bloody after failing to attend a memorial party for his youngest son, suspicion falls on the dentist’s other children. Especially on Dad’s middle daughter, 37-year-old buxom bruiser Monica Ludd, who was heard ‘uttering threats’ against her absent father. How come her car is found outside Dad’s house? Why did she buy a large axe? And yet, Monica’s a deputy head teacher… Blood is a Gothic black comedy seen through the eyes of six-foot Monica, who cannot help speaking her secret thoughts aloud and who has been banned by Neil, the head of her school, from using social media. ‘“Parents are sensitive to abuse.” “Neil, I would never abuse our parents.” “Governors queried ‘moron’ and ‘twat’.” ’ Set in an angry, anarchic, Brexit-ing Britain where terrorism has become routine, Blood is also a parable that asks serious questions about modern life: how can democratic secular states respond to ISIS? What can we do with the brutal men who bully women and the weak? Can we wait for a world of order and justice? What is the relationship between vengeance and the law? If people hit back, can they ever recover, or will the circle of violence never be broken?

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Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 14:46
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