The Light in the Sound
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"V. G. Anderson's debut novel, The Light in the Sound, is unusually smart, containing as it does characters and insights that give us a cool and often funny look into the Millennial generation. But the story is also realistic and compelling, showing the struggle of a generation trying to find its way in a world in which our traditional national assumptions were abandoned, leaving these wonderful young people flying blind."
--Philip F. Deaver, Flannery O'Connor award-winning author of Silent Retreats and Forty Martyrs
"A spirited debut novel by the exuberant new voice of V. G. Anderson, The Light in the Sound takes you into the zany, sometimes dark world of streets and bars where good kids get away from bad families and grow themselves into people worth knowing. At the heart of this novel is smart, spunky Rachel Richardson, once a high school runaway, now 24, employed in an adult toy store selling edible underwear and snacking on penis chocolates while trying to figure out a better future for herself. Maybe this future will include her old crush Justin from her hometown working in a nearby camera shop or maybe the gorgeous, intuitive, crazy girl Cerise, but for sure it will include the truth and imagination and morality that were absent from her broken, hypocritical Mormon home. Despite panic and wee hour visions, Rachel is one plucky character, honest and winsome and playful and funny, grounded, loveable, a bit wacky, courageous, insightful, and aware. It is sheer delight to take this coming of age journey with her."
--Julie Brickman, author of What Birds Can Only Whisper and Two Deserts
"In a dysfunctional world, V. G. Anderson deftly weaves together religion, family, relationships, and love through the eyes of Rachel, a disaffected young woman working in a porn store, who is left with a better--but fragile--understanding of her world. With humor and pathos, Anderson creates genuinely sympathetic characters whom we have all met and surely recognize."
--TJ Rivard, published stories Café Irreal, Flashquake, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gulf Stream Magazine, and Pushcart Prize nominee
"From the very first sentence of The Light in the Sound by V. G. Anderson, the reader wants to know the story of Rachel, a young woman with a troubled past. A thought-provoking coming of age story, this book explores the full range of relationships: boyfriends, girlfriends, and ultimately family. Through it all, Rachel is brave and full of hope. She not only wins our sympathy but our admiration."
--Karen Mann, author of The Woman of La Mancha and The Saved Man