ARMADILLOS PAULINE LYNCH
Aggie is fifteen, a ‘sub’ from a ‘sub’ family, one of Texas’ downtrodden. Her father and brother enact that ‘sub’-ness on her, week in, week out. She has only the vaguest notion that there is something wrong with the abuse she endures and instead dreams of the outside world.
And then one day, Aggie walks out. But, like the armadillos that flourish in Texas’ barren landscape, she is a survivor.
In her escape, she gravitates to those who are just as maltreated as her. They offer Aggie the sense of family, albeit a thoroughly dysfunctional one, that she’s been searching for. But when she gets embroiled in a crisis involving stolen money, Aggie soon realises there are some problems you can’t run away from.
Armadillos is a lead title for spring. It will be published 1st April 2016 by Legend Press. I found it a startling and gripping debut novel.The author Pauline Lynch’s novel is a contemporary woman’s literary-commercial crossover novel which tells the story of teenage runaway as she attempts to escape memories of her abusive family and build a new life for herself. I am very pleased that Pauline Lynch won the Sceptre Prize for Fiction 2013 with Armadillos.
In this sweeping narrative of multi faceted abuse, Armadillos, as the name suggests, has a tough, often shocking, carapace of violence and exploitation but at its core, through its complex and compelling characters, there is revealed a plangent melancholy and warm beating heart.
Pauline has a strong background in film and stage productions, both as an actress and a script writer.
Published 1st April 2016 by Legend Press.