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"A remarkable debut with a gripping and emotional storyline"

Biographical Literary Fiction

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0CW1HV3QY
  • Publisher: ‎ Janna Brooke Wallack (March 9, 2024)
  • Publication date: ‎ March 9, 2024
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 352 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN: ‎ B0CWKWK2ZX
  • Genre:   Biographical Literary Fiction

 

The BookViral Review:

“Wallack’s writing is evocative and lyrical, with a keen eye for detail and a deep empathy for her characters”

“Naked Girl” by Janna Brooke Wallack is a novel that intricately weaves the story of a young girl navigating the complexities of a tumultuous family life. Set against the backdrop of 1970s and 1980s America, the novel follows the protagonist, Sienna, and her brother Siddhartha, as they grow up under the chaotic influence of their father, Jackson, and the ghostly absence of their mother, who died tragically young.

Wallack’s novel is structured into five parts, each detailing different phases of Sienna and Siddhartha’s lives. The story begins with a poignant prologue that sets the tone, revealing Sienna’s possession of five photos of her mother, three of which are naked, symbolizing the fragmented and raw memories she holds. This initial glimpse into Sienna’s world immediately hooks the reader, promising a narrative that is both deeply personal and universally relatable.

Wallack’s character development is one of the strongest aspects of “Naked Girl.” Sienna is portrayed as a resilient yet vulnerable young girl, struggling to make sense of her world. Her brother, Siddhartha, is depicted as a brilliant yet troubled child, their father’s “masterpiece,” whose innocence and genius are slowly eroded by the chaotic environment they are forced to navigate. Jackson, their father, is a quintessentially flawed character—charismatic and loving, yet irresponsible and destructive.

Wallack’s writing is evocative and lyrical, with a keen eye for detail and a deep empathy for her characters. Her prose captures the rawness of Sienna’s experiences, from the visceral memories of her mother to the chaotic adventures instigated by her father. The narrative is punctuated with moments of poignancy and humor, creating a balanced and engaging read.

The main appeal of Wallack’s novel will likely lie in its vivid character portrayals and its ability to evoke a strong emotional response from the reader. Wallack’s depiction of the sibling bond between Sienna and Siddhartha is particularly touching, highlighting their mutual dependence and unwavering loyalty and whilst the stark depiction of drug use, sexual content, and family dysfunction might be uncomfortable for some audiences, these elements are integral to the story’s authenticity and impact.

For readers seeking a powerful and thought provoking novel that combines rich character development with a gripping and emotional storyline, “Naked Girl” is an excellent choice. It is a remarkable debut that stays with the reader long after the final page and promises more great works from Wallack in the future. It is an unreservedly recommended Golden Quill read.

 

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