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Single Stroke Seven Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Lilith is willing to live in disarray, passing up far better band and career opportunities (including one with the San Francisco Symphony) to stay close to Duncan, in fear of losing her security blanket, in fear of losing the strange dynamic they have.
On another level Single Stroke Seven is also about the loss of youth (which, let’s face it, nowadays can stretch well into the twenties). It explores the struggle of pursuing dreams versus “selling out” for a comfortable life—a steady income, food on the table, a home with running water. It’s about coming to the realization that it’s hard to pursue dreams without resources, especially when you’re working a dead-end job countless hours a week. It’s about the light-bulb moment that in order for a dream to become a reality it takes actual work and dedication, not just big talk. It’s about realizing that if you’re serious about pursuing your dream, it has to be your one true love.
Ludlow has her own cool style—a quick wit and sharp tongue that’s relentless from the first page to the last. Really dug this book!
Don't let the DIY aesthetic of the cover scare you away. It's by design. Single Stroke Seven reads like a series of vignettes about the life of a California dreamer. It wasn't unlike Ryan W. Bradley's Code for Failure either, which is one of my all-time favorites. Contemporary fiction is an acquired taste, but Lavinia Ludlow's one of its promising talents.
A painfully raw look at what life would be like if we chose to never 'officially' grow up. Edgy, vicious, and perfectly nostalgic....