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One Kick: A Novel (A Kick Lannigan Novel) Hardcover – August 19, 2014
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Author One on One with Chelsea Cain and Cheryl Strayed
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Best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain (author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series and the forthcoming thriller One Kick) and best-selling memoirist Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Torch) might not seem like they have much in common. But these two Portland authors and longtime friends have influenced each other’s work in surprising ways. Here they talk about how they met, the tequila story they won’t tell us, and when they’ll let their kids read their books.
CC: We became friends in a public restroom. How many of your significant friendships have begun this way?
CS: You are my one and only! I recall you were wearing something drapey and dazzling that seemed to have been found in someone’s eccentric grandmother’s attic. You wear that look more fabulously than anyone I know, by the way. What was I wearing? I’d had a baby about fifteen minutes before we met, so it was probably a muumuu--an article of clothing which I also happen to know you manage to wear fabulously, while I end up looking like a rabbi in a Mardi Gras parade. It’s amazing I can bear to be your friend, given your insufferably excellent fashion sense.
CC: You were wearing lederhosen, a sequined half-shirt, and roller-skates and I was wearing goggles and a nun’s habit. Or was it the other way around? We struck up a conversation at the sink. A few years later you joined the writing group I was in and we realized that our kids went to the same “neo-humanist” preschool.
CS: They have never recovered from the outrage of the being prohibited from wearing clothes with superheroes on them, but they can still chant Baba Nam Kevalam like nobody’s business. The experience opened their precious little hearts to the oneness of humanity, but it turned them off from quinoa eternally.
CC: I was so worried that the Ananda Marga nuns would find out I wrote thrillers for a living and Eliza would be expelled! I mean, if Wonder Woman is too violent then I’m pretty sure my books aren’t good for world peace.
CC: When will you let your kids read your books?
CS: I get that question a lot and it’s funny you should ask because I imagine you do too, for entirely different reasons. I give different answers at different times, but mostly it boils down to this: I will let them read my books when I no longer have the power to let or not let them do anything. Our kids will come to our books when they are ready to come to them. My hunch is 28. What’s yours?
CC: Eliza knows that if she reads my thrillers before she’s 30 all the fairies will die. But if she breaks down before that, I hope she reads One Kick. This is the book for the people who tell me they’re too scared to read my other series. The protagonist, Kick Lannigan, has some issues. She was kidnapped as a kid and spent five years with her abductor before she was rescued. But she’s determined to write her own story, and she’s doing something positive - she’s rescuing kids. It’s empowering and essentially optimistic, and it teaches valuable lessons like how to scale the side of a house.
CS: I think our children are lucky to have our books. Wouldn’t it be astounding to have books our mothers wrote? It would be extraordinary to have such an intimate, interior view of who they were intellectually and creatively outside of who they were to us. Don’t you think? No doubt this sentiment is amplified by the fact that—like you—I lost my mom young to cancer. Speaking of which, what do you think your mom would think of your books?
CC: My mother had absolute faith that I would do something creative, so she would feel thrilled and probably a little smug. You and I have talked about our childhoods. Our mothers couldn’t have done more to raise a couple of writers if they’d been following a how-to guide.
CC: If you were a superhero what would your power be?
CS: It would be something terribly book-wormy and nerdy. I’d don a glittery cape and clutch a wand and these things would give me the ability to make people fall in love with books. I’d wave my wand and the whole world would buy One Kick, for example. That would be my first task.
CC: Red wine or white?
CS: I prefer both, double-fisted. But can we have some tequila too?
CC: I am tempted to tell the story about that time I ordered a tray of tequila at the end of a party and someone ended up vomiting in someone else’s gift bag… But I’m saving that anecdote to sell to The Daily Mail.
CS: Hiking boots or high heels?
CS: The Midwest or the Pacific Northwest?
CC: The Pacific Northwest. If only it had lightning bugs it would be perfect. Besides, I can’t leave - all my books are set here. But you and I were both born in the Midwest, and like all good Midwestern girls we listen to Greg Brown. He signed an album for my sixteenth birthday and he wrote in your journal on your 21st birthday. Can you share what he wrote?
CS: He wrote an excerpt of an E.E. Cummings poem: "for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes” I’m hoping he was hitting on me. What did he write on your album?
CC: He wrote, “Chelsea: Happy Sweet Sixteenth! - Greg Brown.”
CC: We both write about monsters in our books. You call your backpack “Monster” in Wild, and Kick’s dog in named “Monster” in One Kick. I didn’t even make the connection until I was done writing, but I’m sure that it’s subconscious larceny. Are you mad at me?
CS: My lawyers are drawing up documents as we speak. But really, I love that Kick’s dog is named Monster! When I got to that part in your book it made me smile. Both Kick and I had a Monster who helped get us through.
CC: You gave yourself the last name “Strayed” - if you were to create a new last name for yourself today, what would it be?
CS: If I had to re-name myself I’d ask you for advice. You did, after all, come up with title of Wild. It was perfect from the moment you said it. Do you remember the other titles we considered as we brainstormed? I recall one was The Nature of Love, which would have been a disaster. What would you name yourself if you changed your name? When I was a kid I always wished I had a nickname. I tried to get people to call me Coco, but no one would do it. I think Coco would work great for you, in case you’re looking for something new.
CC: I will change my name to Coco Cain if you change yours to Cheryl Found.
*Starred Review* Cain has a new publisher and a new series, and even those fans most devoted to the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell novels will find plenty to race their pulses when they encounter Kick Lannigan, a woman on a mission. Part Lisbeth Salander and part Susan Ward, the punky reporter from the Sheridan-Lowell novels, Kick is a 21-year-old martial-arts expert who was abducted from her Seattle home at age six and rescued five years later, but not before being forced to star in a series of kiddie-porn videos still the rage on the underground Internet. Now Kick is obsessed with tracking other abducted children, especially two who have gone missing in the last three weeks. She reluctantly joins forces with John Bishop, a shady vigilante of sorts, who believes Kick knows more than she thinks she does about where the missing kids might be. Always a master at ratcheting up tension, Cain keeps the narrative in overdrive from beginning to end, slowly releasing tidbits of information from Kick’s repressed memories of her abduction (and the weird father-daughter relationship that developed between her and the now-jailed predator who took her), while allowing the psycho behind the recent crimes to circle ever closer to Kick and her friend James, also an abuse victim. The subject matter is uncomfortable, even stomach-churning at times, but Cain manages to deal sensitively with her material while still allowing Kick’s character to emerge with multifaceted humanity—and even snatches of humor. Above all, though, this is an edge-of-the-chair thriller, and Cain negotiates the twists and turns with finesse while keeping her foot firmly on the gas pedal. Excruciating yet always compelling.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cain’s best-selling credentials are impeccable: her books have made multiple trips to the NYT best-seller list, been translated into 24 languages, and been named to NPR’s top 100 thrillers of all time. Her new series won’t do anything to diminish that record. --Bill Ott
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At first, I was disappointed by the similarities between her character Kick and Archie. Both had suffered traumatic events that made them incapable of having normal relationships. Both still harbored weird and unhealthy feelings/relationships for their 'abuser.' I was disappointed because Cain didn't deviate from her standard writing MO. But by the end of the book, my disappointment had actually turned into disgust. See, Archie was a grown man who was tortured by a female serial killer who he had been having a CONSENSUAL sexual relationship with (prior to discovering she was the serial killer he had been hunting for). Archie's weird fascination and obsession with this woman is 'almost' understandable- it must haunt him that he enjoyed an ongoing sexual relationship with someone who turned out to be so twisted. Plus, she actually 'saved' him by getting him medical attention while he was clinging to life versus completely killing him as she had done with other victims. He had to wonder, why did she save me?
Kick's obsession with the man who had kidnapped her as a child, brain washed her, and acted as her 'dad' seemed, in the beginning of the book, somewhat understandable. But then somewhere along the way it really, really hit me that this man had raped her repeatedly on FILM, allowed others to rape her on FILM, and that those child porn videos of her were still living active lives out on the internet, victimizing her over and over again… and she went to see this man in prison, held his hand, and allowed him to stroke her hair affectionately over and over again… AND she gave him a kidney to save his life??? I am sorry, but I can't buy it. Cain's treatment of this subject feels, to me, like a whitewashing of the horror, trauma, and devastation that children really go through when molested, and that the men and women who victimize children in this way are predators, not caring father figures.
Additionally, Cain built Kick up to be this deadly machine, trained to kill people with her bare hands, but in multiple occasions in the book she was incapable of defending herself. I understand that this obsession Kick has with self protection is actually intended to be sad and show how victimized she really was, but that conflicts with the woman who goes to visit her kidnapper/abuser in prison and holds his hand..
So all in all, disappointed. I was hoping for some original material but it was only a sick re-hashing of the Gretchen/Archie story. I don't know that I will continue to read the series and watch poor Kick victimized over and over again by everyone she encounters.
Except, for the most part, she is nothing like the superwoman she envisions herself to be. That with all of her knowledge of weaponry, martial arts and criminal justice, Kick Lannigan is merely human. An adult survivor of childhood abuse and torture that has left her with a searing passion for righteousness but which has left her bereft of the emotional tools to exact it.
It is a tale told with alternating doses of horrific human behavior, heartfelt compassion and flippant comedy. And for the most part, it works wonderfully. This is a character I could feel for, that I could laugh at and cry over. A character who melds the chops of Cain's Archie Sheridan with the soul of her Susan Ward.
As with Cain's earlier Gretchen Lowell series centering on a sado-masochistic serial killer and her sexually obsessed pursuer, the subject matter here - child abduction, sexual exploitation and slavery - is provocative terrain. It is Cain's gift as a writer to explore these dark aspects of human nature in ways that are both compelling and entertaining. It is no mean feat and she succeeds in carrying it off - if not eloquently, certainly with sensibility.
Cain's weakness here is her penchant for allowing her female characters to be overshadowed by the men in their story. In this case the knight in shining armor is known to her only as John Bishop - a man of mysterious origin, stunning physicality and unlimited resources. He serves as Lannigan's guide and guru but offers little in the grand scheme of the story. I found him an unwelcome and unnecessary addition. His presence only distracts from deeper development of the more interesting character James - Kick's cherished "brother".
One Kick is a good start to Cain's newest series - there's enough going on here to make me anticipate a follow-up. I just hope Kick gets more respect as a capable woman from her creator in the next installment.
No thanks - I liked both Archie and Gretchen and found them to be real characters -- neither of these people did I like or find believable.
PLEASE get this from a library and see if you like it before you buy it!