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The Rust Maidens Paperback – November 16, 2018
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Something's happening to the girls on Denton Street.
It's the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of that compares to what's happening in their own west side neighborhood. The girls Phoebe and Jacqueline have grown up with are changing. It starts with footprints of dark water on the sidewalk. Then, one by one, the girls' bodies wither away, their fingernails turning to broken glass, and their bones exposed like corroded metal beneath their flesh.
As rumors spread about the grotesque transformations, soon everyone from nosy tourists to clinic doctors and government men start arriving on Denton Street, eager to catch sight of "the Rust Maidens" in metamorphosis. But even with all the onlookers, nobody can explain what's happening or why--except perhaps the Rust Maidens themselves. Whispering in secret, they know more than they're telling, and Phoebe realizes her former friends are quietly preparing for something that will tear their neighborhood apart.
Alternating between past and present, Phoebe struggles to unravel the mystery of the Rust Maidens--and her own unwitting role in the transformations--before she loses everything she's held dear: her home, her best friend, and even perhaps her own body.
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- Publisher : Trepidatio Publishing (November 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 254 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1947654446
- ISBN-13 : 978-1947654440
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.58 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #785,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story takes place in Cleveland, Ohio where the main character Phoebe lives with her parents... In her narrations Phoebe complains infinitum about everything in her world...
...her parents give her a lot of freedom which she uses to drink alchohol from a flask she carries around with her, stay out all hours of the night (sometimes not coming home at all) and constantly arguing with and judging everyone she crosses paths with...
Perhaps the author wanted her readers to feel sympathy for Phoebe and her friends but... I really just wanted to give her 18-year-old bottom a swat and ground her...
Phoebe was disrespectful to the adults in her life and blamed them for everything under the three moons. Little wonder her mother always had an alcoholic drink in hand...
Somewhere in the 40% area of the book, Phoebe describes attending church with her parents...
...in addition to inferring everyone in the church were hypocrites, nothing else about the service seemed to please her. Even the freebies served afterward were, to her, substandard: the coffee smelled burnt, and the cookies were overcooked...
Her constant criticism, blaming and finger pointing throughout the book became tedious causing this reader to focus on the negative and lose focus on the real meat of the story...
Somewhere in this novel was the story of girls in Cleveland turning into rusty metal and it might have been a good story if not for the "poor me" overkill...
Due to its content, I sincerely hope that this novel wasn't meant for YA readers. I would recommend passing on this one.
The milieu in this story is bleak and brutal but there is a sense of love and community holding some aspects together. The book does not let you forget bad things happen and life requires a certain strength and acceptance to keep plowing ahead. The symbolism and allegory were definitely my favorite overall take from the book. The “horror” is subtle but it is there and will linger after finishing the book. If you enjoy gothic weird fiction then check out this book. I will definitely be giving Gwendolyn Kiste another try. I discovered the author and book due to it being on one of my favorite publishers of 2018.
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I haven’t read a book like this in some time, you know, the type of book your going to be talking about for years because it will occupy a space in your brain, the type you force on anyone that says they read.
Reading The Rust Maidens is akin to being seduced under a spell. The language and writing style is of such a quality I will happily read any story by Kiste in the future, she just that good.
The story here is set on Denton Street, a suburb in Cleveland, where everyone living there is in some way attached to the mill that blazes day and night. It’s graduation day for the girls of neighbourhood, the last day of the lives as they know it. For Phoebe Shaw and her cousin Jacqueline it’s also their last day in Denton, intent on leaving a town where the men are fodder for the mills and the women form committee to gain a false sense of control over their lives. That’s the plan until the young woman begin to change. To say anything more would lead to spoilers that I don’t want to give away, only know that Kiste communicates this story with a light touch that can be harrowing. A contender for my favourite read of the year.
A series of binary choices. But each of them has a third option which is doing both. Hence this book’s triple moon.
A book that has its share of fallibilities but without those fallibilities it would be nothing. The wrecking balls, too. I may be one of them. I hope not.
The detailed review of this book posted elsewhere under my name is too long or impractical to post here.
Above is one of my observations at the time of the review.
We are introduced to Phoebe in the present day, the story alternates back to the events 30 years ago . The multiple events and characters are very nicely woven together.
A wonderful and very enjoyable read.