Darkly comic and more than a little disturbing, Billy and Girl introduces a version of childhood trauma that is completely original and utterly unnerving. Abandoned years ago by their parents, Billy and Girl live alone somewhere in England. Girl looks for their mother by going door-to-door and addressing every woman who answers as “Mom” and Billy fantasizes about a future in which he will be famous—preferably in the United States—as a movie star, a psychiatrist, a doctor to blonds with breast enlargements, or the author of Billy England’s Book of Pain. The siblings support and torture each other, forgetting what they need to forget, inventing worlds they hope will be better, but managing to prolong nightmares as they create alternate personalities in order to survive and conquer and punish.
Publication: British Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 192
Publication date: 6/1/1999
List price: $13.95