An exploration of cultural identities and the gulf that can exist between them, this is the story of Claudia, a young American art student who lives in London. In her melancholy boyfriend and her addiction to heroin, she escapes from the pressures of her wealthy, abhorred family in Los Angeles.
Claudia lives for the winter, the din of darkening pubs, for torch songs, for Crilly. Fleeing the glitter of her native California, she finds her own brand of hedonism in the underworld of Camden Town. Her world is not solely the drugs and characters that patrol it; it is the deep sensuality of her escape, oblivion. Together with her lover, Claudia explores the outer regions of such oblivion, guiding her between strange homes and pubs, the back streets of London and Dublin and, eventually, home again, where she is forced to come to terms with the very self she is evading.
?Hall engrosses the reader in this excellent dark, and ironically addicting first novel? Booklist ?Walks confidently on the wild side - a writer to look out for? Alison Fell ?Hall... has succeeded in writing a book that rises above the bleakness of her subject matter? Time Out
Deliria by Hall
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