Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany. We follow two fourteen year old girls longing to lose their virginity but frightened of sex. One is from a tragic Iraq childhood, the other the child of an alcoholic mother. Hidden from view they witness an honour killer resulting in colossal conflict. The guilt, betrayal, emotional agony and unexpected conclusion make for a gritty, gripping, excellent read. In an interesting stylistic choice the author has gone for almost no punctuation and has written a first-person, present tense narrative. This makes it a little hard to follow at first but does give the story an incredibly raw feel, creating a unique, powerful voice. It is not an easy read but a very rewarding one.
Nini and Jameelah are best friends. They're going to be best friends forever. As the long summer holidays stretch out before them, Berlin becomes their playground. The days all merge into one: swimming, smoking, shoplifting, and hanging out with friends from their estate. At night they descend on the red light district, impersonating the prostitutes there in order to practise for their first time, giggling to each other, tipsy on the Tiger Milk - their homemade cocktail - they've been sipping all day. But then, one night, Nini and Jameelah witness a devastating crime that threatens to ruin everything. An explosive story of love, death, rebellion and an extraordinary friendship, TIGER MILK is a novel to define a generation.
In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'Nails the tone of an untethered, feral generation'
'A major debut full of strength, pain and love
'A novel of rebellion, love, death, and an extraordinary friendship
'Fast, tough and wise'
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||11th September 2014|
|Author:||Stefanie de Velasco|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Stefanie de Velasco lives and works in Berlin. In 2011, she received the Literature Prize Prenzlauer Berg for the first chapters of Tiger Milk. This is her first novel. Author photo © Joachim Gern Below is a Q&A with this author. Top 3 favourite books and did you draw any inspiration from these authors in writing your book? Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Ham on Rye by Bukowski Yes I actually did. When I was a kid I was always jealous of all the boys in the novels, having so many adventures and ...More About Stefanie de Velasco