Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Q&Q On Brown Dwarf

Trying to prepare for our trip to jolly old England this eve, wired as I am on Red Bull to try and catch up on an ever-growing pile of uncompleted tasks, I thought that I would take a moment to remind all Toronto-area readers of this here blog that K.D. Miller's launch is tomorrow eve, at St. Clement's Church, at 59 Briar's Hill Ave, at 7 pm. I wish I could be there, but as my host is leaving London on the 15th, I need to try and make it beforehand. Please, any of you Biblioasis-o-philes who can make it in my stead, do so. You know who you are.

I learned this eve that Corey Redekop has reviewed Brown Dwarf quite favourably in the current Quill & Quire, saying, in part:

Possibly basing her tale on the real-life exploits of novelist Anne Perry (fictionalized in Peter Jackson’s film Heavenly Creatures), Miller superbly captures the abject cruelty and loneliness of adolescence. Brenda’s alternating excitement and misery is rendered with haunting precision, sometimes recalling the youthful feverishness of Stephen King’s novella “The Body.

This is the second review of Brown Dwarf I've read in as many days which makes the connection between the book and Anne Perry's own youthful experiences, though I'd not made the connection on my own. Perhaps we should ask K.D. about that.

2 comments:

Words Words said...

I'd always pegged you as a Red Bull drinker, Dan.

kdmiller said...

I've been a bit bemused by the references to Anne Perry and the film that was made about her youthful crime - Heavenly Creatures. Yes, Brown Dwarf does depict a rather obsessive relationship between two pre-adolescent girls. But that's where the similarities end. In my novel, only one of the girls is dangerously imaginative - the other one, by comparison, is a bit pedestrian. Also, my girls are not seeking to commit a crime, but to catch a criminal. Not that I mind the comparisons. I remember enjoying the movie tremendously when it came out (I think it was the debut of the young Kate Winslett). And frankly, if it generates some more interest in my book, well, how can I complain about that?
Cheers,
K.D. Miller