"THE NUMBING OF AUDREY GREEN"
THE NUMBING OF AUDREY GREEN introduces Audrey,
an eight-year-old girl with a large family in the town of Dorry, England,
in the year 1957. Her father, Simon Green, is a bookkeeper studying
a mysterious ledger discovered in a shipping office after another
bookkeeper's vanishing. Simon unlocks a hidden code - the encrypted
name of a Nobel-nominated germ researcher, Robby Holliday. Taking
his daughter, Simon Green runs off to find this man, hoping it will
lead to the missing bookkeeper. As their escape begins, Audrey Green
starts to lose her sense of touch
I think this novel deserves a wide audience. I like the idea of a whole series of these, opening up the mystery wider and wider. This book contains a fully satisfying story, but there's room for more. However, if I put in every idea I had, it would be about 1000 pages long.
This book came about after an intense bout of writer's block. I know it seems dumb, especially since I had completed "Unsettled," "The Death Guard," "Nihilists," "W/M," and "Scream Together/Cry Alone" all in the early part of the year, but it took a good 4 months of nothing before this book came along. I had actually started several books - the story of an accountant who finds a code in a ledger, another about a typist and her affair with her boss, and a third about a detective looking for a missing girl. I hated all three books - one I even wrote 100 pages on before I decided it sucked. So I took all the characters I liked, all the snippets which were halfway cool, and I just threw them into a big melting pot. The first draft made very little narrative sense, but at least it was interesting. So I kept working on it, chiseling away. "Audrey Green" took about nine months to write, the longest I had ever worked on a single project (unless you count the first OO OO WA record.) Now I can honestly say that it was worth it. Really. Check it out.