The mesmerizing debut of a major American writer
On the Night of the Wolf, the Orphans drive south on the Avenue, hunting their rival gang, the Pack. In the lead is McKay, their brooding, courageous President. Left waiting at the clubhouse is the Property of the Orphans, tough girls in mascara and leather who have declared their allegiance to the crew. Tonight, a new girl has joined their ranks. She waits only for McKay.
Drag races, dope, knife fights in the street. To the seventeen-year-old heroine of Alice Hoffman’s stunning first novel, the gritty world of the Avenue is beautiful and enthralling. But her love for McKay is an addiction—one that is never satisfied and is impossible to kick. Deeper and deeper she falls, until the winter’s day when she decides to break the spell once and for all.
A strikingly original story about the razor-thin line between love and loss, showcases the vivid imagery, lyricism, and emotional complexity that are the hallmarks of Alice Hoffman’s extraordinary career.Property Of is simply absolutely fascinating and Hoffman sucks you into this gang-world and leaves you both craving more and glad you're not living it. Anyway, let's get on to the memes!
'"Look," I said, "I'm going with you."Snow was falling and the moon was howling light onto the Avenue. It was a night for skidding tires and Orphans on the street. I waited for his answer."Get lost," said Danny the Sweet."Danny," I said, "what kind of an answer is that? That's an answer I won't accept." p.1One of the main things I liked about this book was how the main character acted. She is never named, since it's told from her perspective, but she never not does what she wants to do. She doesn't follow commands and she is never called out on that. Despite the book being called Property Of, she mainly owns herself.
'My enemy had tricked me from the very start. What I thought was alive was long dead, and there is no victory when the enemy was a corpse long long before the battle had ever begun. Even if that enemy was a word.' p.100I chose this teaser because it's quite a good example, I think, of how Hoffman works with language and manages to make quite complicated ideas very logical. Also, in this case her "enemy" really is a word, or rather what that word stands for.
So, which book are you teasing? Is it a current read or one you just finished?