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Mountains of the Moon by I. J. Kay.. Strange, when you see the word “feral” attached to a fictive outing. Well, let’s embrace the Faulknerian smash-up. Psyche is in the room.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In its rambling, present-tense quality, Ms. Kay’s writing has the “almost sick passivity” that Alfred Kazin disliked about Faulkner’s prose but also some of the “curious abstract magnificence” that he admired about it."

The New York Times

"Compulsively readable . . . It’s the inimitable voice that Kay has worked out that makes Louise’s journey unforgettable, checkered with personal touches and a timbre of defiantly playful happiness that belies the deep sadness of her circumstances and the hard-boiled content of her flight from disaster to freedom. The novel’s impressive air of feminist noir and hard-knock psychological realism are merely molehills that the unusual (and personal) prose promotes to the scale of mountains."

Publishers Weekly

Author bio: I. J. Kay studied creative writing in England, where she earned an MA with distinction. She has lived in both the UK and West Africa. This is her first novel. She is supposed to be living on a boat, it is reported. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (354 pp. Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website:,,9780670023677,00.html?Mountains_of_the_Moon_I._J._Kay

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