|As with an Impressionist painting, where the image emerges from the dots, in this book a story emerges from the chaos of the writing, revealing a Twenty-First Century woman trying to make sense of a world gone mad.
The first question anybody wants to know when they pick up abook is "what’s it about?” With this book, that’s the hardest question youcould ask about it, and the last one to be answered. OK, here’s a summary… imagine if MollFlanders met Mrs Dalloway and they both decided to drop some acid and dance all night at a party at a commune in Southwold? You’re getting warmer. It’s about Esmeralda. Life, and Esmeralda, but notnecessarily in that order. Structurally,it’s a novel that challenges our perceptions of time and memory, mingling pastand present, as Esmeralda drifts downstream, through a series of scenes peopledwith a rambling, picaresque cast of characters, some of whom are fleetingghosts, never seen again, and some of whom remain to be significant. Actually, "drifts” is the wrong word there. A more appropriate nauticalmetaphor would be that Esmeralda crashes through life, like an out-of-controlspeedboat, leaving havoc bobbing in her turbulent wake.
No situation is toostrange, no drug is off the menu, legal, illegal, or purely psychological. In this, her first novel, Jolie Booth has created Fifty Shades for the Trainspotting generation.