The Fainting Room (Paperback)

By Sarah Pemberton Strong

Ig Publishing, 9781935439769, 264pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

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Ray Shepard is a wealthy architect who has mystified his friends by marrying Evelyn, a woman who works at a nail salon. Evelyn, in turn, hides a secret past about her former life in the circus, her ex-husband's mysterious death, and the colorful tattoos she carefully conceals under her clothes. When Evelyn starts to cave under the pressure of living in Ray's rarified world, she suggests they take in Ingrid, a sixteen-year-old girl with blue hair, a pet iguana, and no place to stay for the summer. As Evelyn and Ray both make her their confidante, drawing her into the heart of what threatens their marriage, Ingrid increasingly adopts the noir alter ego of "Detective Slade"--fedora and all--in order to solve the mysteries that engulf all three characters.

About the Author

Sarah Strong's previous novel, Burning the Sea, was published in 2002. She is also the poetry editor for The New Haven Review, and her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Southwest Review, The Southern Review, Cream City Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, RATTLE, and The Sun. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.