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And she was
Cindy Dyson
Adult Fiction DYSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Brandy "was thirty-one, the daughter of a bum and a slut, saddled with a liquor name." It's with these dubious credentials that our heroine finds herself-yet again-drifting after a man. This time she follows her latest boyfriend, Thad, a tenderhearted fisherman she keeps at emotional arm's length, to remote Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands. Brandy finds a gig as a cocktail waitress at the local roughneck bar, the Elbow Room, where brawls are the evening's entertainment and fishermen drink with Aleut women, including Bessie, a coke whore, and Little Liz, a hostile drunk. Between drinking, drugging and deciphering mysterious graffiti on the bathroom walls, Brandy delves into the past of the native Aleuts, who were brutally decimated by the Russians in the 18th century. She stumbles upon their mythology and hidden powers-Bessie and Little Liz, for example, are more than what they seem. Dyson expertly interlaces Brandy's story, set in 1986, with the vibrant history of the Aleuts, hundreds of years earlier. While relishing the smart prose, bawdy humor and '80s references, readers will find themselves rooting for the hard-as-nails blonde as she wrestles her demons and begins to redirect her fate. Dyson delivers an original and provocative first novel. Agent, Marly Rusoff. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Until her arrival in Dutch Harbor, AK, Brandy had spent her entire adult life drifting from one man to the next, with no real identity of her own. When she follows her latest boyfriend, a fisherman, to the Aleutian Islands, she finds work as a cocktail waitress, passing the time while he spends weeks at sea. But instead of being content to serve drinks at the Elbow Room-one of the most notorious bars in the country (famously dubbed "the most despicable" by Playboy)-Brandy sets out to uncover ancient and dark secrets of the town and its women. Dyson deftly peels back the layers of Brandy's persona to reveal the woman behind the blond hair and high-heeled boots while revealing the layers of tradition, suppression, and mystery shrouding Dutch Harbor. As the story shifts back and forth from the present day through 250 years of Aleutian history, the reader becomes immersed in Aleutian culture and the loss of that culture at the hands of Russian traders, early missionaries, social workers, and World War II relocators. Dyson grew up in Alaska and has written YA books and articles for journals like National Geographic. Combining her personal memories of slinging drinks in the "birthplace of the winds" and meticulous research into Aleutian anthropology, she has created an unforgettable first novel for adults. Highly recommended.-Jane Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs., AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 31
Named after a liquor; father is a bum; drifts after men; follows her boyfriend to alaska; gets a job as a cocktail waitress; delves into the history of the Aleurs.

Brandy's boyfriend; travels to Alaska.

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