When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song. But as evidence threatens June’s stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault.
Reviewed on 25th June 2023
Rebecca Kuang has rapidly entered my favourite author list, and luckily for me she’s becoming quite prolific, and with incredibly varied range of storytelling based clearly on very thorough research.
This, her first ‘real world’ novel, follows a struggling and lonely author who pulls off an unethical stunt and gets caught up in the followup. It’s fascinating on so many levels.
The narrative is told in first person, and so as a reader you have to pause every now and then to take in the view from outside the narrative. Kuang has done a great job of providing someone you really want to emphasise with despite their terrible flaws.
I can imagine this being a book that I come back to over future years and read again, taking more and more from it with each reading.