Alligator by Lisa Moore

By Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore’s wickedly clean first novel—a Canadian most sensible vendor, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canadian and Caribbean region), and a </I>Globe and Mail</I> publication of the Year—moves with the swiftness of an alligator in assault mode throughout the lives of a gaggle of brilliantly rendered characters mingling in modern St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. John’s is a urban whose religious situation is someplace within the center of Flannery O’Connor nation. Its denizens jostle each other in uneasy arabesques of wish, greed, and ambition, juxtaposed with a craving for purity, intensity, and redemption. Colleen is a seventeen-year-old would-be ecoterrorist, drawn inexorably to the locations the place alligators thrive. Her mom, Beverly, is cloaked in grief after the loss of life of her husband. Beverly’s sister, Madeleine, is a pushed, getting older filmmaker who obsesses over finishing her magnum opus sooner than she dies. And Frank, a tender guy whose lifestyles is a wierd anthology of unpredictable hazards, is desirous to safeguard his hot-dog stand from sociopathic Russian sailor Valentin, whose predatory developments threaten every body he encounters. Alligator is a striking ebook, a suspenseful, heartfelt, and horny tale that examines the ruthlessly reptilian and painfully human aspects of we all.

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It's a very long vacation,' he said wistfully. 'In my day we used to go on what were called reading parties, always in mountainous areas. Why?. ' 'My dear boy, you'll find them all shut. The students go to Barbizon or such places and paint in the open air. There was an institution in my day called a "sketching club"' mixed sexes' (snuffle), 'bicycles' (snuffle), 'pepper-and-salt knickerbockers, holland umbrellas, and, it was popularly thought, free love' (snuffle), such a lot of nonsense. I expect they still go on.

Must digest first,' she said. 'I'm not used to gorging like this at night. ' said Sebastian. ' 'Not all the time. ' 'Does it? ' 'Then perhaps you are an agnostic. ' 'I can't spare you a whole rosary you know. Just a decade. I've got such a long list of people. ' 'Oh, I've got some harder cases than you. ' 'She was bunked from the convent last term. I don't quite know what for. Reverend Mother found something she'd been writing. ' 'It's a new thing a missionary priest started last term. You send five bob to some nuns in Africa and they christen a baby and name her after you.

My sister is very pompous tonight,' said Sebastian, when she was gone. 'I don't think she cares for me,' I said. 'I don't think she cares for anyone much. I love her. ' 'Do you? ' 'In looks I mean and the way she talks. ' When we had drunk our port, I walked beside Sebastian's chair through the pillared hall to the library, where we sat that night and nearly every night of the ensuing month. It lay on the side of the house that overlooked the lakes; the windows were open to the stars and the scented air, to the indigo and silver, moonlit landscape of the valley and the sound of water falling in the fountain.

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