Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains
Not since Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum has there been such a sparklingly original and exceptional debut by a new writer. Theobald Moon hopes to satiate the yearnings of his hungry soul (and considerable belly) when he leaves south London to start a new life in the Arizona desert. Planting a cactus garden around his mobile home where he can star-gaze and practise yoga, Theo provides a haven of security for his small daughter Josie, weaving around her a gossamer web of fairy stories and belief in an ordered universe. But as his little Jelly-O grows into disaffected adolescence, there are questions she asks which Theo refuses to answer. When the terrible truth emerges, we discover a man whose actions may be reprehensible but who is portrayed with such intelligent humanity that we may find it impossible to condemn him. Bold, quirky and youthful, there is no mistaking Susan Elderkin's voice. Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains is an astonishing debut.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 150 x 216mm | 471g
- 02 Mar 2000
- HarperCollins Publishers
- FOURTH ESTATE LTD
- London, United Kingdom
About Susan Elderkin
Born in 1968, Susan Elderkin has worked as an ice-cream seller, an English teacher in a Slovakian shoe factory and, for the past five years, as a freelance journalist. She lives in London.
Josie's only link to her mother is a collection of shoes, carefully wrapped, still in their boxes. From the styles, the wear and the fading impressions of the feet, Josie tries to glean some information about this mysterious woman, for her father will tell her nothing. Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains is Elderkin's first novel. Although very readable with some well-drawn characters her tale of an encounter in the Arizona desert between an emotionally stunted, overweight Englishman and a Slovak factory worker requires the reader to suspend disbelief once too often. Not a first-rate novel, but a perfectly acceptable way to pass an evening. (Kirkus UK)