I read Lolita when I was about 16. Although, Nabakov’s writing was beautiful the book made me feel very uncomfortable. Just the idea that a grown man could harbor those feelings to a prepubescent girl was revolting. I am not naive I understood about child predators etc. but to have it right there on the page was disconcerting. But I read it from cover to cover. However, I did not know at the time that Nabakov used a true life crime as a sort of muse of some sort.
Summary: Rust and Stardust is the reimagined story of the characters which inspired Nabakov while he was writing Lolita. This is not a biography of Sally Horner and Frank LaSalle, but it is the internal dialog of Sally and the people that she comes into contact with over the 21 months that she was being held.
What I liked: I love the way Greenwood allowed each character a voice. Each “chapter” is narrated by a different character. You get to hear their inner dialog about Sally/Florence and their feelings after coming into contact with Sally and Frank. The pacing in this book is perfect and it is well written. There are some parts that may make people uncomfortable but Greenwood deals with these harsh realities of Sally Horner’s life tastefully.
What I didn’t like: There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book.
Star Rating: 5
My thoughts: Even though Rust and Stardust is dealing with some pretty heavy subjects you aren’t mired in sadness while reading the book. I am glad that Greenwood didn’t gloss over how Sally’s mother would have felt at her homecoming and her feelings toward some of the people she had met. But all in all she had such a short life that was filled with sadness that one is hard pressed to find any joy; Greenwood amazingly finds some small and brilliant signs of joy in this story.
Release Date: August 7th, 2018
I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read the advanced readers copy for my honest review.