The Best Thing for You
Annabel Lyon's debut book of fiction, Oxygen , "left the country's literary elite breathless" ( Elm Street magazine). Now, in The Best Thing for You , Lyon has taken her tough, unflinching style to new heights and all the anticipation is rewarded.
Here, in three novellas, Lyon reveals the potential for darkness that lurks behind even the most perfect-seeming veneer. In the first novella, "No Fun," a middle-class family in present-day Vancouver is thrown into turmoil when their teenage son is charged in connection with the beating of a disabled man. In "The Goldberg Metronome," a young couple discovers an antique metronome taped up and hidden under a sink in their new apartment. Its dark past weaves a story that crosses centuries and continents. Then, in the stunning title novella, a riveting and layered film-noirish piece set in wartime 1940s Vancouver, a housewife in her twenties plots and carries out her husband's murder with sang-froid, with the help of her lover, a young grocery-store clerk. Later, the son of the insurance agent who loses his job over the woman's claim must deal with his family's financial downfall as he nurses his own obsession with her crime and its connection to the music in his head.
Lyon draws us in with her vivid characters and sharp, highly charged prose and holds us in the worlds she creates. Along the way, she challenges the fragile illusion of goodness in our lives. Once again Annabel Lyon has demonstrated herself to be one of Canada's boldest, most exciting new voices.
Toronto : M&S, 2004
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