Fever Dream is a short novel in a unique question and answer format that takes place entirely over the course of one conversation. It was translated from its original Spanish last year and has been sitting on my shelf ever since. Because I was scared to read it.
Roanoke Girls starts with a punch in the gut and doesn’t let up on the discomfort until you discard it, days later, wondering what kind of twisted world you just left behind. Lane Roanoke is 15 when her mother hangs herself from her bedroom doorknob (not a spoiler, happens in the opening line) and if that makes you squirm, it’s nothing to how you feel as the rest of the story unfolds. Her mothers’ death is simply the catalyst that sets the story in motion.