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On the Savage Side

TIFFANY MCDANIEL

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Staff Pick (Literature), by Aminata

It's difficult to summarise this new novel by Tiffany Mcdaniel, to describe the emotions felt upon finishing. Themes such as drug addiction, racism, sexual abuse, violence against women are hard to read, but Tiffany Mcdaniel as usual dazzles us with her poetic writing, she succeeds in making us empathise with every word expressed, every sentence uttered. One thing I’m sure of is that you will never forget Arc or Duffy or any other missing women around the world.

Six women - mothers, daughters, sisters - gone missing.

Inspired by the unsolved murders of the Chillicothe Six, this is the story of two sisters, both of whom could be the next victims.

Arcade and Daffodil are twin sisters born one minute apart. With their fiery red hair and thirst for an escape, they form an unbreakable bond nurtured by their grandmother's stories. Together they disappear into their imagination and forge a world where a patch of grass reveals an archaeologist's dig, the smoke emerging from the local paper mill becomes the dust rising from wild horses galloping deep beneath the earth, and an abandoned 1950s convertible transforms into a time machine that can take them anywhere.

But no matter how hard they try, Arc and Daffy can't escape the generational ghosts that haunt their family. And so, left to fend for themselves in the shadow of their rural Ohio town, the two sisters cling tight to one another.

Years later, as the sisters wrestle with the memories of their early life, a local woman is discovered dead in the river. Soon, more bodies are left floating in the water, and as the killer circles ever closer, Arc's promise to keep herself and her sister safe becomes increasingly desperate - and the powerful riptide of the savage side more difficult to survive.

Drawing from the true story of women killed in Chillicothe, Ohio, acclaimed novelist and poet Tiffany McDaniel has written a moving literary testament and fearless elegy for missing women everywhere.


PRAISE FOR TIFFANY McDANIEL'S BETTY
'A coming-of-age story filled with magic in language and plot' Observer
'Breahtaking' Vogue
'I felt consumed by this book. I loved it, you will love it' Daisy Johnson
'A page-turning Appalachian coming-of-age story told in undulating prose that settles right into you' Naoise Dolan
'Vivid and lucid, Betty has stayed with me' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Publisher: Orion
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 14 Feb 2023
Dimensions: 232 x 155 x 35 mm
ISBN: 9781399606080

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