My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook of Fat Girl Fairy Boy in exchange for an honest review.
Frieda Kunkelheimer knew she wasn’t welcome in the world from her earliest stirrings. She also knew she was big and ugly, as proclaimed by her grandmother on the day of her birth. Though Frieda Kunkelheimer later blossoms into a beautiful and successful Hollywood film star, it had been determined, even before birth, that she was unwanted and unloved.
En route to a film shoot, the embittered, aging actress known as Frie, and Robin, her fearful, phobic gay makeup artist, survive a plane crash in the jungles of Central America only to be held hostage by El Salvadoran guerrillas. Their self-absorbed lives take a backseat to the events of their capture as a bizarre set of circumstances unfold and kindle courage, compassion, and forgiveness they never thought possible.
‘Fat Girl Fairy Boy’ is a darkly humorous tale of family, friendship, and personal discovery. Written in masterful prose, and filled with rich characters, McConkie mixes irony, humor, and pathos while weaving multifaceted storylines into a wildly entertaining adventure. Few experienced novelists fare as well as McConkie in this debut literary event.
You get a real good impression of the protagonists Frieda Kunkelheimer and Robin Morris. You can feel their agony, as well as their (sparse) joy. Stylistically the first half of this book reminded me a little of Honoré de Balzac’s La Cousine Bette (at least in the French original).
Right from the beginning, different characters are described in more detail, not only the two protagonists. Ursula’s German is deteriorating over time, generally the German and Spanish phrases are crafted in nicely.
The story initially was quite depressing. Then the characters began to evolve – even before being captured by terrorists. This is eminently believable, very well done. 🙂
The epilogue, however, did not convince me at all, perhaps because the prior chapters were so intense.
My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Fat Girl Fairy Boy? Or – if you did not yet read Fat Girl Fairy Boy – are you now interested?
I am looking forward to your comments.