Robbie and Maize, the principal characters in Ralph Sassoneâ€™s immensely readable debut novel, THE INTIMATES, totally fit the profile of these restless and searching young adults. As the book opens, the two are still in high school; Maize nurses a crush on her guidance counselor and when Robbieâ€™s path crosses hers, it doesnâ€™t immediately amount to much. Robbie is gayâ€”a fact he doesnâ€™t realize until much later in high school.
Every now and then, a novel comes along that is addicting. Nothing else gets done. Dinner gets burned, if it is even made, phones aren’t answered, and appointments are canceled. This is one of those novels. It is seductive, darkly sexual, haunting, and even frightening. You start waiting for the penny to drop, as the pages keep turning and the clues keep mounting. This is one very hypnotic novel.
October 29, 2010
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Tags: Early Adulthood, Friendship Â· Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Australia, Character Driven, Contemporary, Debut Novel, Literary, New York City, Noir, Reading Guide