Welcome to Blind Crescent, where everyone is watching, but nobody sees a thing. In this fictitious slice of suburban life, Michelle Berry peels back the pretentions of manicured lawns and the rictus smiles of “friendly” neighbours. With a deft hand, she paints a picture of suburbia so absurdly real that every suburbanite reader can’t help but feel strangely at home.
Blind Crescent depicts dysfunctional suburbanites who are both disturbingly familiar and surreal, as fantastic as the inhabitants of the film Edward Scissorhands, as twisted as the neighbours we all live among. —Antanas Sileika, Woman In Bronze
Berry’s prose has an austere, bleached quality, as if all extraneous material has been sizzled away. What’s left is deadpan and allusive and often pretty damned funny… —The Globe and Mail
In Berry’s hands, ordinary circumstances are rendered as extraordinary, unsettling events and the reader must beware. —Toronto Star
Suggested Book Club Questions for Blind Crescent
- Talk about the structure of Blind Crescent. Do the chapters feel like a cul-de-sac in the way they are ordered and presented?
- Discuss the significance of Jackson Kern's job.
- What does Jill have in common with Holly Wray?
- Do you know why the squatter is in the empty house before the end of the book?
- What is the point of the anonymous serial sniper and what do his actions show us about society, neighbourhoods and individuals?
- There are so many characters in Blind Crescent. Who is your favourite and why?
- What is the significance of Holly Wray's inability to give Sweetpea a name?
- The sniper looms for the entire book. How does this kind of over-arching fear reflect how we process news each and every day?
- Every character in Blind Crescent has some kind of strange secret. Is this reflective of people who live mainly in suburbia? If so, why?
- Why is the street called Blind Crescent?
Michelle Berry has been widely published in many Canadian literary magazines, national newspapers, and anthologies. She is the author of seven books of fiction, two novels of which have been published in the UK as well as in Canada. She has published two collections of short stories with Turnstone Press, I Still Don't Even Know You and How To Get There From Here. Turnstone Press also re-released four of Berry's previously published books: Margaret Lives in the Basement, What We All Want, Blur, and Blind Crescent. Berry is a reviewer for The Globe and Mail, and teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Born in California and raised in Victoria, B.C., Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON with her family.