I am reposting this for Memorial Day Weekend to coincide with a fantastic event on November Hill Press. Do go and visit this site to see details of how you can get free copies of Claire-Obscure and give free copies to to troops.
Claire-Obscure is also now available to buy on Smashwords.
I’ve come across some real gems on Kindle, and Billie Hinton’s Claire-Obscure is one of the shiniest gems.
What drew me to the book was the most primordial thing – the power of an image (and the beautiful title with its evocative double meaning), a cover that evokes the opening of Belle de Jour, and Renoir’s painting Parapluies (my favourite in the whole world). I’m glad I was drawn because Billie Hinton is a wonderful writer, and Claire-Obscure a delightful, enigmatic masterpiece.
Here is the blurb:
Claire Caviness loves words and books. She wears vintage clothing and hides behind the camera lens and in the red light of her makeshift darkroom. She wants to be a writer but all she manages to write are letters to Virginia Woolf.
Lonely, unfulfilled, and envious of her best friend who has moved to Italy, Claire heads out to the same old club one night but takes a right turn out of her usual routine and meets Finn Weston, a mysterious and disturbed medical student who lures her into a folie a deux – a shared madness that forces Claire to look at the things she’s tried desperately to leave behind.
When Claire’s friend Lucy is found dead and Finn is implicated in the murder, Raoul Duras, a Delta Force operator with a penchant for rescuing prostitutes, offers a way out of the madness.
In a raw, edgy journey from trauma to restoration, Claire examines her deepest fears: grief for her distant mother and gay father, the awakening of her conflicted sexuality, and the darkness that pulls her to the intrigue and danger of two very different – and dangerous – men.
Her new book, Signs that Might be Omens, has just been released.