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.
We need to practise for later on, for real life. We need to know everything so nobody can ever mess with us.' Nini and Jameelah are best friends forever. This summer they're going to grow up. Together. On their terms. But things don't always turn out the way you plan...Tender, funny, shocking and tragic, TIGER MILK captures what it is to be young.
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'
'The prose is breathless ... revealing young ideas about the world and urgently pushing the story forward'
'Tiger Milk never stands still ... Tim Mohr's translation from the original German also captures this restless energy, the busy speech and constant action. De Velasco captures the sense of adolescence as a time of change and discovery We Love This Book.
'Follows two teenage friends on the destructive paths into adulthood. Hilarious and tender' Elle
'A beautifully written debut novel' Closer
'A novel of breathless urgency, which is also nostalgic for an innocence that is so readily cast aside' Financial Times
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||9th April 2015|
|Author:||Stefanie de Velasco|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, 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