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Sixteen Shades of Crazy, By Rachel Trezise
Friday 11 February 2011
Ellie, Rhiannon and Sian are in the salad days of their lives with minds as "crisp as iceberg lettuce" and organs "like the insides of ripe tomatoes".
Stuck in a small Welsh valley town, each is either engaged or married to a member of The Boobs, a local punk band. Bored and desperate for thrills, the girls subsist on a diet of partying, "Afghan opiates" and alcohol.
Then a dark-haired dealer, Johnny, arrives in town and the girls, the self-appointed "witches of Eastwick", find themselves at the mercy of a new beat.
Best known for her fiction collection, Fresh Apples, Trezise in this anti-romantic portrayal of modern valley life - "went out, got pissed. Same shit, different day" - rings with musical dialogue and hangover humour.
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