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Three characters, tangled together in a topsy-turvy world, fall into London: Vinda, the ersatz dominatrix, lives with her aunt and uncle and hunts for jobs when she isn't dispensing cheap thrills to nervous lawyers; Angel, her cousin, thief and Elvis Impersonator, sings like the King but risks his freedom for the lustre of a rhinestone suit; and Regis, a broken-hearted bounty hunter from Los Angeles, drifts through grey streets, stranded between his prey and his own crumpled past. A patchwork of modern Black and Asian urban life, "Trussed" is clever, funny, weird and tragic. It describes Shiromi Pinto's disorientated trio attempt, with varying success, to unravel the emotional and moral confusion that binds their lives. In their search for redemption, her characters shed names, skins, even souls - before reconciling themselves to their own private fates. 'Rhinestones, rubies, garnets swarmed into a lupine outline on black velvet. Red satin glowed like embers where the cloth wrinkled and showed its belly. The cape pulsated on Angel's bed, capturing and ricocheting light across the room. He was still stunned by its opulence, still forced to catch his breath. And next to it, was the fringed and carefully embroidered: the black and red jumpsuit. Part matador, part Cisco Kid with an Amerindian flavour, the one-piece was a triumph of fine needle work and intaglioed leather. Angel gazed at these treasures, sighing. He could see - feel - Elvis' breath rising from their jewelled skins. He hadn't tried them on. Not yet.'show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 191mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852429135
  • 9781852429133

About Shiromi Pinto

Shiromi Pinto was born in London in 1971. Of Sri Lankan ancestry, she was raised in Montreal and studied religion and non-western histories in Canada. After returning to London to take an MA at SOAS, she travelled widely, and directed a short educational film in Mali. She has written numerous short stories, and now lives in London. Trussed is her debut more

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