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Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

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An unsettling American tale of a middle-aged man attempting to teach an unpopular 11-year old girl the beauty of the wilderness as she runs away from him. A sinister feel hangs over the tale.


Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

Tommie is eleven. David Lamb is fifty-four. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?

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'A devastatingly convincing portrait of abuse ... Add in pitch-perfect dialogue and this utterly assured, high stakes, high-wire act of a novel is proof that Nadzam is a very special talent indeed.' Daily Mail

'This daring, disturbing first novel imagines the friendship of a child and an older man. [and] flirts with the possibility that such relationships might not always have dire consequences . This is a fiction of striking distinction.' Independent

'Nadzam reveals Lamb: a damaged, destructive man . a haunting creation, to be both pitied and despised.' Sunday Telegraph

'This is a brilliantly unsettling read that casts a dark, manipulative spell - particularly against the gorgeously described backdrop of the American West.' Marie Claire

'Bonnie Nadzam manages to write gorgeous prose about people and skies and mountains while still creating tension and suspense on the level of a thriller ... Lamb is a remarkable debut by a writer to watch. I will be thinking about these characters for a long time. -- Aimee Bender, Author Of The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake

About the Author

Bonnie Nadzam was born in Cleveland, went to school in Chicago and has moved continually westward since then. She studied English literature and environmental studies at Carleton College and earned an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in a wide range of literary publications and she taught creative writing at Colorado College. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives with him in the Rocky Mountains.

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Publication date

4th July 2013


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Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone


288 pages


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