Hunting for Sparrows
This playfully irreverent work of fiction stands stereotypes on end, creating an intricate literary jigsaw puzzle with an ending that will make you want to go back and try to reassemble the pieces. More
When midnight’s calm is cast into a state of alarm by attempted breaches of the network firewalls at the datacenter of Wise Woman, Inc., computer specialist Lauren is confronted with an all too urgent need to decipher the source of these cyber-attacks. Are they the work of a band of hackers or is it some sort of implanted ghost in the machine? Hard on the heels of the untimely death of Wise Woman’s founder, Claire Wise, and with a frantic sell-off of the company’s stock set to recommence at the market’s opening bell, the very survival of this progressive, socially responsible corporation hangs perilously in the balance. Hunting for Sparrows is a clever and captivating play on conventions of literary genre and traditional gender roles that stands stereotypes and assumptions on end with a riveting, thriller-paced tale of criminal greed, moral bankruptcy, and indeterminate fidelity.
This fresh, humorous take on classic themes brings to life the hyper-real hue and tone of life amongst West Palm Beach’s social registry and inside its shadowy corridors of corporate power. Here we find Thelma, Claire Wise’s daughter and the novel’s improbable heroine. She arrives in South Florida as a proverbial fish out of water, having spent her recent years in Boston living the life of an over-educated, disengaged woman of privilege. As Thelma’s hunger for certainty and closure leads her deep into a miasma of danger and duplicity, Hunting for Sparrows invokes a world of soap opera histrionics and intense psychological reflection in which lives are lost, reality is challenged, and loyalty is indistinguishable from deception. Can paranoid delusion be explained away by the fact that people really are out to get you? Is there a special providence in the inevitable discovery that everybody dies? Hunting for Sparrows is an intellectually adventurous, playfully irreverent work of fiction, with an ending that will make you want to go back and try to reassemble the pieces of this intricate and inspired literary jigsaw puzzle.
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