The new story is a suspenseful romance; exploring amongst other things, the relationships between half brothers, Muon and Jean-Lou and their mother, Louisa, an ageing prostitute with an acid tongue; as this excerpt amply demonstrates:-
We all speak French like natives but Maman wished us to appear refined and made us speak English. It helped actually – possibly her only positive contribution in either my life or Jean-Lou’s.
“When will you settle down and-”
“Ah, yes – both of my sons take it up the arse; it is the price a Mother pays for her unfortunate mistake-”
“Maman – you’re a whore and you always chose it to be that way – make no mistake! You say it like only whores spawn gay bastards.”
“That slut has cancer; did Jean-Lou tell you?”
“Yes ... Rose starts chemo tomorrow; be good, Maman.”
“The doctor says I have the cunt of a woman twenty years younger; what do say to that!?”
“You’re fucking your doctor now?”
“When are you seeing your Papa?”
“No doubt he will grab me for lunch tomorrow – if only to parade me in front of his colleagues so that he show off how clever his sperm are-”
I have a feeling that this story will for a while eclipse work on Storm Clouds with Chambers but he is dug in to Paris Re-Visited so I am not being asked for anything yet.
I will soon post the choices for the book club so that we can decide what story to read throughout December; there is no story for November as a few of you asked for more time to read The Shell and The Granite Pearl which was the story for October. No problem at all.