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A fast paced, hard boiled, softly erotic novel with an actual plot, ‘SICK’ is the spawn of Josey Alexander, whose first-hand knowledge of a seedy Sydney, Australia underworld is ripe for extraordinary literary exploration, and easy film adaptation. The plot is an edgy and frantic examination of the imagined and real- life adventures of a complex, sinister and seductive madwoman, who loves, deceives and kills.
Josey, through her association with the art of film, having attended the main world festivals and having directed her own festival , has enjoyed a life of exotic travel and adventurous exploits in cities as diverse as Djibouti and Cannes.
A public speaker who is willing to proselytise her tantalising project to its intended audience - the public intellectual, the casual reader and, the majority of the general public who enjoy deep immersion into brutal and sensual fantasies, Josey has based her gender neutral novel on real events, and real people in a backdrop littered with references to history and cultural peculiarities. Although the characters sashay in the dregs of Sydney and in the opulence of the Gold Coast, the story could easily be ‘Monopoly boarded’ for international application and release.
Well-crafted characters explore the worlds of the mind and the body, pulse and sentiment, avoiding tropes, clichés and stereotypes. An uninhibited realist, Josey Alexander is a child of the sexy seventies.
The novel asks the questions what is insanity, what is evil, is there really any difference, does it spawn and asks the reader to play trivia and name the films interwoven into Josey’s plot of patterns and extreme funny games.
Josey Alexander’s first foray into the world of serious dramatic fiction follows her contribution to publications that have, to date, displayed her comedic skills. Josey is weird, wild and will travel and promote, yell and sell, participate in literary festivals and speak enthusiastically at dinners, lunches, but not breakfasts. After wild nights she doesn’t wake up till eleven. A consummate art lover and collector, and a person of largess and philanthropy, Josey Alexander is also a mentor to young people with emotional and behavioral problems. Josey has defied her physical limitations and has this year received her medal for having lived with type 1 diabetes for fifty years.
But she doesn’t want to be defined by her disease, about which she has spoken on current affairs shows and the news. She would rather leave a legacy to the world of literature.
on Aug. 02, 2012 :
The best book I have read in a very long time. Extremely well written with an original story line. You get a real feel for the characters and at times feel empathy for the narrator but are also kept in suspense with her erratic and unpredictable behavior. She brings out feelings that if we were honest have all felt and can relate to in varying degrees.
Be warned once you start reading you will not be able to put it down!
Refreshing to read a novel when you have no idea where it is going or how it is going to end. A tribute to the author for her obvious intelligence and talent.
I wait in anticipation for this authors next novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)