What’s Not Mine
by Nora Decter
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Pub Date 02 Apr 2024 | Archive Date Not set
For fans of Miriam Toews, an absorbing, darkly funny story of family, addiction, and survival
The summer Bria Powers turns 16 is sinister. Waves of insects plague her hometown of Beauchamp, where fentanyl has recently infiltrated the drug stream. Forest fires muddy the normally wide-open skies, and everything smells like a barbecue all the time. It’s also the summer Bria goes from having saved a life to ruining her own.
Since her drug-dealing father disappeared and his girlfriend overdosed, Bria has lived with her aunt Tash and best friend/cousin Ains. By day, Bria and Ains babysit Ains’s younger siblings and sling fast food at Burger Shack. But at night, Bria has her own secret world, sneaking out to see Someboy, an older guy who captivates her sometimes. Other times, he angers-insults-upends her, and that has a certain charm too.
But trouble comes for Beauchamp and for Bria in the form of bears that wander into town, dick pics texted from a mystery number, and a creeping dependence on what Bria should hate most of all.
Steeped in tragicomedy and written in starkly observed prose, What’s Not Mine explores inheritance, addiction, and survival when the odds are against you.
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I really enjoyed "What's Not Mine" by Nora Decter. There were moments in the book when I had difficulty putting it down! I like how she wrote as if it was a memoir. It was a bit hard to read on my Kindle because it hasn't been formatted yet, but once it's fully published I believe it will be a page-turner for people!
'What's Not Mine' is a masterfully crafted exploration of the intricacies of life, deftly navigating themes of inheritance, addiction, and survival. The narrative unfolds against the sinister backdrop of Beauchamp, a town marred by waves of insects, a drug epidemic, and the suffocating haze of forest fires. The protagonist, Bria Powers, faces the tumultuous summer of her sixteenth year, marked by personal tragedy and a journey of self-destruction.
The novel excels in its poignant exploration of identity amidst the chaos of life's challenges. Bria's story is a compelling odyssey through the shadows of her drug-dealing father's disappearance and the overdose of his girlfriend, forcing her into the care of her aunt Tash and cousin Ains. By day, she grapples with mundane responsibilities, but by night, she slips into a clandestine world with Someboy, an enigmatic figure who both captivates and unsettles her.
The author's prose is a striking blend of tragicomedy and keen observations. The narrative's dark humor is expertly woven into the fabric of the story, offering moments of levity amid the weighty themes. The author's ability to balance these elements contributes to the riveting nature of the read, capturing the complexity of human experience with nuance.