A young, haunted woman falls in love with a singer. She finds she has been consumed by the relationship and when it ends – as it inevitably does – she feels unable to quite rediscover herself. Cities can draw you into even darker places, and she embarks on a series of intense relationships with thirteen men of very different types, from a rough sleeper to a millionaire, and from a transvestite to a leading politician.
As she is propelled through a series of extraordinary adventures and wild parties she finds she begins to lose her own identity. Is there a way out?
The Men by Fanny Calder focuses on an anonymous woman. She’s our narrator.
As the book begins, she is in a relationship with a singer. This ends in heartbreak. We then look at the thirteen subsequent relationships she has including one with a homeless man, a Politician and a Millionaire.
This is not a book I would have picked off a shelf and this is why I love running the Novel Kicks blog. It means books like this don’t pass me by.
The narrator gives the reader little glimpses into her relationship history and it doesn’t hold back whatsoever.
The character does have happy moments in her quest for romantic love but she is also insanely honest with her observations about these men, the world around her and her lack of fulfilment with love and life. It’s one of the things I liked most about this novel as well as the conversational writing style.
Even though we never know the name of our main character, by the end, I felt like I still knew her and had begun to understand her.
I am not going to say much more as I don’t want to give anything away and I am hoping that you will discover it yourself.
The Men is truly a unique novel that is honest, gritty and raw. I am still thinking about it and in my opinion, that is one sign of an incredible novel.
The Men was released by The Real Press. Click to view on Amazon UK.
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