Friday Brown is a compelling read. Friday’s life has been one filled with her mother’s tales and drifting to escape the family curse. When her mother succumbs to the curse, Friday chooses to continue to escape rather than be left with her grandfather, a stranger to her.
Friday finds herself quickly ensconced in the life a street kid with a band of misfits led be the strong, charismatic Arden. How much is who you are created by the stories of your life? Friday’s confident belief in herself is challenged and she questions who she is as the truth of her mother’s stories disappear. Wakefield is deft in creating a supporting cast of characters who move the narrative along as Friday recognises her own struggle in her new companions as they also face their realities. The tension builds to a chilling climax as Wakefield’s honest and beautiful prose shapes Friday to reclaim herself.