Thursday, July 30, 2009
Read: Drift by Victoria Patterson
The shine and shimmer of Newport Beach is gutted in Victoria Patterson's Drift, a collection of connected tales of those who live in this glitzy community. There's teenaged Rosie, adrift in this lonely world and who ends up as a career waitress; homeless skateboarder John Wayne whom Rosie befriends; Anne, a lesbian psychiatrist in love with Rosie's mother B and others who find themselves barely afloat in this world. The stories in Drift are honest, telling, heartbreaking. Each story is like a wave gently lapping on the shore, which then rushes away and exposes the gunk and grit on the seabed.