Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Catherine by April Lindner

Catherine by April Lindner

You may remember that author April Lindner came to visit us to talk about her first YA book, Jane (see our full review here) in October of 2011. Since then, we've been looking forward to her newest book, Catherine, a new take on Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

Chelsea is shocked to find out that the mother she thought had died when she was a toddler instead simply disappeared. Her father never shared the full story with her and when she comes across some of her mother's things, she's shocked to find out there was much more to her mother than the smart college girl her dad had always described.

She's not content to leave this mystery unsolved. The police have long ago given up the case and her dad doesn't seem to know anything either. So Chelsea, desperate to find any information at all, runs away to the last place anyone is known to have seen her mother (even if that was more than a decade ago), a rock and roll club in NYC.

The Underground is a staple of the New York scene and has been for decades. Punk, New Wave, if you were anyone, you were up on the stage here. So, why hasn't Chelsea ever heard of it before. More than that, why doesn't she know that the club once belonged to her family and the new owner, Hence, was once her mother's teenage true-love? It seems the two of them were over-the-top, bad-for-each-other, crazy in love, but Chelsea's never even heard his name before. It seems that her mother's where-abouts are only one of many big questions Chelsea will have to find the answers to.  

This is a big sweeping mystery and whether you're familiar with the original material or not you'll get caught up in Chelsea's search and her mother's complicated history. I really liked setting Catherine and Heathcliffe down in the messy New York music scene- it's a different kind of decay than the moors, but still just as dirty.

If we're talking about Catherine and Heathcliffe, I have to include this classic Kate Bush track:
If you've never heard it before, it's pretty out of this world, but you can't talk about this crazy-intense couple without it!

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