The assured magic of Rookes voice is palpable, it is poignant:
each nuance is molded to impose the power of that magic.
Rooke has never been reluctant to enter dangerous terrain; he has shunned the familiar, the conventional, the commonplace. He seeks, in wonderfully cadenced prose "rhythmic, hammering, mellifluous, and grand" the risky, the untried, the new. This stylish virtuoso "demonstrates that he is simply not like any other writer out there... Often, out of the darkest and most moribund situation, he wrestles a startling and un-canny beauty."
Douglas Glover, Globe and Mail, 2009
So he has done again, in this extraordinary novella, about a lesbian couple, Mady and Pope, habitués of Glasgows grim streets. Mady has been viciously murdered. Pope is in police custody, the lone suspect. In another writers hands, this stock situation might have yielded a book as ordinary in its pursuits as a pedestrian TV drama. But Rooke pours out his tale in Glasgows very own amazing street slang, empowering Mady and Pope and a wide range of other misfits with a strange, startling beauty.
POPE AND HER LADY - Leon Rooke
Fiction/Novella 5.5x8 104 pages
(tpb/laid paper) $17.95
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