Guest Post: Flynn Berry – Unreliable Narrators

Posted July 26, 2016

I’m delighted to welcome Flynn Berry to the blog today.

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Flynn’s debut novel, Under The Harrow, is available on Kindle in the UK now from Weidenfeld & Nicolson, with the paperback to follow in the coming months.

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Flynn is visiting four different blogs this week and sharing her favourite unreliable narrators. So, without further ado, welcome Flynn…

My novel, Under the Harrow, is about a woman, Nora, investigating her sister’s murder. As the police inquiry unravels, Nora becomes obsessive and reckless. Some of my favorite books have unreliable narrators, who are duplicitous, volatile, and thrilling.

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Idha in A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor is restless. She lives in Delhi, which she says is “no place for a woman in the dark unless she has a man and a car or a car and a gun.” She’s twenty years old, and says, “I’ve been stared at a lot, of course; it’s what happens here, it’s what men do.” Idha could stay safely inside, but instead she drives at night past “radial roads and white cupolas shaded by tunnels of trees. Jasmine blossoms blow along the wind, the gulmohar glow like cinders.” She drives “through Lodhi Estate, where the rich and powerful crouch in their mansions, their guards poking guns from their nests at the street.”

In this atmosphere of menace and sexualized violence, Idha meets a man whom the police call “a bad character.” But it’s not only him: “It’s what they’ll say about me too, when they know what I’ve done.” This book is scorching. Whatever Idha had done, I wanted to be on the side of this heedless, brilliant woman.

Thank you so much Flynn! Be sure to check out the rest of Flynn’s blog tour this week. Her next stop is over at Little Bookness Lane  tomorrow. For more information about Flynn visit her website or follow her on Twitter (@flynnberry_).