Today we are fortunate to be one of the stops on April Tucholke’s blog tour celebrating the publication of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (see previous post for review, but short version: it’s a cracker). I’ve been enjoying these list-themed posts. Check out the banner opposite to see where to go if you’ve missed any. And over to April…
The characters down espresso every chance they get, especially River and Neely. They run on the stuff. If you don’t have a caffeine addiction before you start reading, you will afterward. Hopefully.
2. Classic film.
The first day River arrives in town he and Violet pack a picnic dinner and watch Casablanca at an outside showing in the town square. Neely and Violet see A Brief Encounter together, and “Citizen Kane” is the name of Violet’s rundown mansion by the sea.
3. Classic books and short stories.
I reference several in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Shining, “A Rose for Emily.” Violet is reading “Young Goodman Brown” from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse when she sees River for the first time.
Violet is a Bookworm Heroine. She doesn’t have magical fighting skills. She doesn’t know how to use a sword. She’s not a secret assassin. She doesn’t have a temper or a cabinet of lethal poisons (unfortunately). She reads books and thinks a lot and dreams a lot and still manages to save the day in the end.
Violet’s parents are artists and she and her twin brother grew up breathing art and paint. Degas, Chagall, Pollock, French Impressionism, Italian Renaissance… There is a small painting studio in the backyard that the characters spend time in.
The characters listen to old Robert Johnson records in the attic. A lot.
Thank you, April, for sharing those with us. If this has whetted your appetite for Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, it’s out now from Faber so no need to wait!