AL Kennedy's novel Paradise (Jonathan Cape) touches on a depressing bleakness. The narrator, Hannah Luckraft, is a chronic alcoholic committed to and imprisoned by her addiction.
Her voice is so raw and so immediate that you have no choice but to share in her experiences. At times it even feels like you are complicit in her self-destruction.
It's unsettling. It's also excellent and extremely funny, a perfect example of just how good first-person narratives can...
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