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Suicide City, a Love Story Paperback – February 27, 2013

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Julie Frayn pens award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. She has published three novels and two short, short story collections. Her work has won two gold medals in the 2013 Authorsdb cover contest, and the Books and Pals 2014 Readers’ Choice award for women’s fiction. A bean counter by day, Julie revels in the written word. When she is not working or writing, she spends as much time as possible with her two children (grown adults, really), while they still think she’s cool. Follow her at www.twitter.com/juliefrayn and subscribe to her blog at www.juliefrayn.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Frayn; 1 edition (February 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991851013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991851010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,218,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean Farley on February 28, 2014
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I enjoyed "Suicide City." Granted, it isn't what I would typically pick up and read (though, if I were to judge a book by its cover, I would DEFINITELY pick this one up - the cover is astounding). Why do I say that? If you told me it was a "love story," I might turn up my nose or think, "Not my cup of tea."

But this novel is one harrowing story.

"Suicide City" is gritty, unrelenting, tragic, desperate, sad, heart-warming, heart-breaking, and gut-wrenching. Its prose is wonderful. Its characters are stuck in such grim circumstances you'll be left thanking your lucky stars you never ran away (or at least got any further than a few blocks). Drugs, sex, prostitution - not necessarily words you'd imagine when thinking of teenagers. But in "Suicide City," you're given a full shot of it. You're left feeling for these characters. Several of the scenes Miss Frayn depicts are so shocking and eye-opening…well, it made the read all that much better.

I think Miss Frayn has a nice grasp of the English language in her debut novel. Her descriptions of the characters, the characters' surroundings, and their feelings…well, something needs to be said for all that. Not many people can do that without coming off as treacly or melodramatic. Miss Frayn handles all of it swimmingly.

I know I've said the story is tragic, but it really is a great read. Personally, I enjoy stories that encompass the human condition. We're all subject to harsh times in our lives, but August Bailey (our story's protagonist) definitely sees more than her fair share at a mere 16 years old. Sure, the cover (did I mention it's amazing?) reads "Suicide City: A Love Story," but it has all the trappings of a tragedy - an excellent tragedy.
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I was so taken with the characters in Julie's first novel I found myself talking to them - out loud. A master composer of language, Julie's descriptions of place and character are almost tactile.

One might say I'm a tad prejudice, of course I am, she is my systir sister... However, our kinship doesn't impede my honesty. It's simple really. Julie Frayn's first novel is worthy of your attention.
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