Boundary-breaking account questioning perceived literary conventions, New York Exchange takes the format of conversation leading up to and following a trip to New York. Lauren and George navigate work, education, family and prescription drugs, touching on aesthetics alongside daily annoyances, confusing the role of reader as simultaneously academic and voyeuristic. More
Fraser Sinclair explores conventions of contemporary storytelling in boundary-breaking crossover novel/script debut.
New York Exchange: the parachutes in between takes the format of a conversation spanning a period of a few years, leading up to and following a trip to New York.
Lauren and George navigate work, education, family and prescription drugs while working out how to enjoy life when the credibility of all previous assumptions of how to do so have been quashed. Lauren is writing a dissertation on creativity and aesthetics, and George is an exhibiting artist. The book gives an insight into their lives and unusual friendship while maintaining mystery surrounding what takes place between their messages.
Touching on issues relating to Lauren’s dissertation and George’s work alongside popular culture and daily annoyances, the book presents and provokes high-brow ideas through the particularly accessible, possibly voyeuristic format of personal electronic messages. This, and the emotional pull of the characters’ unique friendship and inclusion in their in-jokes, confuses the role of the reader as simultaneously voyeuristic and academic.
The book may be likened to the controversial Axolotl Roadkill by Helene Hegemann and Charlotte Roche’s Wetlands due to the obvious theme of disaffected youth and the frankness of the writing, but could also be related to the Platonic dialogues and the best-selling Dear Lupin, by Roger and Charlie Mortimer, which is also a written exchange between two people. It is being promoted using various artefacts from the characters’ trip to New York, from which the reader is excluded.
Fraser Sinclair is an elusive writer and artist. He studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design and has been living in Manchester since returning from a long walk around the coast of England, Wales and Scotland. He suspects he might be of Neanderthal heritage.