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Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Alexandra Andrews (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Alexandra Andrews (Tekijä)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2021), 270 pages
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Who is Maud Dixon? (tekijä: Alexandra Andrews)

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Clever, Engaging Debut Suspense Novel

Writing a novel is hard enough, but finding an agent for it and selling it to a publisher often proves even harder. So, if this were your ambition, what would you do if a shortcut was laid in your lap, nearly gift wrapped? All you needed was just the right amount of larceny in your heart to run with the gift. That’s the clever idea Alexandra Andrews gives to her character Florence Darrow in her fast-paced psychological suspense debut. The only flaw in execution here is that Andrews spends a bit too much time on the build up to the main event, so please exercise patience; it’s worth it.

Florence Darrow is something of a fish out of water in New York, where she works as an assistant at a publishing house. She attended a state college in Florida and now finds herself among a group of Ivy types with ambitions and money. She always envisioned herself a novelist but can’t seem to come up with a good idea, and even if she could, she would find it challenging to get it down on paper. Her frustration builds to overflowing when she learns that one of her privileged coworkers wrote a novel and landed a publisher.

So, when the opportunity to work as the assistant to the famous and mysterious Maud Dixon presents itself, she takes it. Dixon is the pseudonym of the author of a sensational bestseller Florence loves, Mississippi Foxtrot. As Florence soon discovers, her real name is Helen Wilcox and she lives in seclusion in a small hamlet located in upstate New York. She also learns they have two very different personalities, Florence’s quiet and unassertive, Helen’s brash and dominate. Helen’s trying to write a followup to her bestseller but seems stalled. She decides to seek inspiration by visiting the locale for her second novel, Morocco. And she takes Florence along. But, as readers soon learn, Helen truly is a mysterious woman, who appears to be hiding her past.

Then, one evening, after dinner and too many drinks, she and Florence drive off a notoriously dangerous road and plunge into the ocean. A fisherman rescues Florence but Helen’s nowhere to be found. Florence presumes she drowned and was swept out to sea. And since everybody has assumed she is Helen Wilcox, as she was carrying all of Helen’s papers, she slips into Helen’s identity. All the time she has spent with Helen has prepared her for the role. But nothing has prepared her for what comes next, when Helen’s past catches her unawares.

In the end, all the truths about Helen and Florence reveal themselves, and readers are in for a terrific ride to those revelations. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Clever, Engaging Debut Suspense Novel

Writing a novel is hard enough, but finding an agent for it and selling it to a publisher often proves even harder. So, if this were your ambition, what would you do if a shortcut was laid in your lap, nearly gift wrapped? All you needed was just the right amount of larceny in your heart to run with the gift. That’s the clever idea Alexandra Andrews gives to her character Florence Darrow in her fast-paced psychological suspense debut. The only flaw in execution here is that Andrews spends a bit too much time on the build up to the main event, so please exercise patience; it’s worth it.

Florence Darrow is something of a fish out of water in New York, where she works as an assistant at a publishing house. She attended a state college in Florida and now finds herself among a group of Ivy types with ambitions and money. She always envisioned herself a novelist but can’t seem to come up with a good idea, and even if she could, she would find it challenging to get it down on paper. Her frustration builds to overflowing when she learns that one of her privileged coworkers wrote a novel and landed a publisher.

So, when the opportunity to work as the assistant to the famous and mysterious Maud Dixon presents itself, she takes it. Dixon is the pseudonym of the author of a sensational bestseller Florence loves, Mississippi Foxtrot. As Florence soon discovers, her real name is Helen Wilcox and she lives in seclusion in a small hamlet located in upstate New York. She also learns they have two very different personalities, Florence’s quiet and unassertive, Helen’s brash and dominate. Helen’s trying to write a followup to her bestseller but seems stalled. She decides to seek inspiration by visiting the locale for her second novel, Morocco. And she takes Florence along. But, as readers soon learn, Helen truly is a mysterious woman, who appears to be hiding her past.

Then, one evening, after dinner and too many drinks, she and Florence drive off a notoriously dangerous road and plunge into the ocean. A fisherman rescues Florence but Helen’s nowhere to be found. Florence presumes she drowned and was swept out to sea. And since everybody has assumed she is Helen Wilcox, as she was carrying all of Helen’s papers, she slips into Helen’s identity. All the time she has spent with Helen has prepared her for the role. But nothing has prepared her for what comes next, when Helen’s past catches her unawares.

In the end, all the truths about Helen and Florence reveal themselves, and readers are in for a terrific ride to those revelations. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Diabolical Fun
Review of the Little, Brown and Company audiobook edition, released simultaneously with the Little, Brown and Company hardcover edition (March 2, 2021)

Who Is Maud Dixon? was the Audible Daily Deal on August 29, 2021 and after checking reviews and seeing GR friend Kay's 4-star review at the top, I snapped it up immediately.

This is a fun diabolical read with plenty of book culture tie-ins along the way to delight bibliophiles especially. There is an author with a hidden identity à la Elena Ferrante, there is the author with a hugely popular first book who can't seem to finish a 2nd book à la To Kill a Mockingbird, there is identity theft à la The Talented Mr. Ripley, there are tie-ins to literary fiction such as The Sheltering Sky and probably a few dozen other mystery and suspense tropes on top of all that.

Too much detail about this would get spoilery, so in short this is about an publishing assistant who is struggling to get going on her own writing career and who ends up getting a job as assistant to a famous pseudonymous author who is delayed in her 2nd book after a breakthrough success with her first one. Only the author's publisher contact knows the real identity behind the public name of Maud Dixon. Does that sound like a setup for a possible fraud? You bet it does! And then the twists and double twists are piled on top of that. Definitely a guilty pleasure delight!

The voice performance in the audiobook edition by veteran narrator Thérèse Plummer was excellent.

Other Reviews
In 'Who is Maud Dixon?', a dream job leads to a twisty nightmare by Sarah Lyall, New York Times, March 3, 2021. The review mentions that the book is already "bound for Hollywood", but I haven't found anything further yet about who is adapting it for the screen.

Trivia and Links
No special link here, but I liked this quote that was used in the book:
Bene vixit, bene qui latuit (He lives well, who is well hidden.) - Ovid ( )
  alanteder | Sep 13, 2021 |
I have mixed feelings about twisty books. I find not knowing what's going on and being actively deceived by an author a little tedious, and the tone of this one is a little self-consciously New York, but overall it was a fun read, and I really did want to find out who Maud Dixon was. Andrews does a good job of making unpleasant characters uncomfortably relatable. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Aug 30, 2021 |
I may be permanently broken when it comes to reading the hot new thriller featuring an unreliable or unlikeable female protagonist. “Who Is Maud Dixon?” is the latest one of those and I had seen very good reviews (without really reading them as is my rule to avoid spoilers) about it, and it is written by a former journalist and I often find those books to be my favorites. And…well…I guess there is nothing particularly “wrong” with the book but I had figured out most of the major twists in the last third of the book well before they appeared and felt like our point of view character, Florence Darrow, is so dumb to not see it all that I stepped totally outside of the story. I also found myself disliking both Florence and the author who writes behind the pseudonym of Maud Dixon so much that it was hard to care what happened. It was like if Duke played the Phillies (work with me here), all I could root for was for both teams to lose. Not exactly an uplifting feeling. There is some good writing here, trenchant observations like “It seemed designed for people who wanted to experience country living without feeling like they’d left Brooklyn” do give the prose some humor. But relying on people who plan to deceive because they think “People think they want the truth but they’re always disappointed. It is invariably less interesting than the mystery” left me wanting the truth instead. The mystery and fictions that the characters create left me cold. I suspect this will make a great Netflix movie or series though. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
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