Constant Nobody reviewed at The Miramichi Reader

“nothing falls outside the scope of Michelle Butler Hallett’s huge talent. In this novel she explores the psychology of fear as few are able and does so with absolute confidence. Temerity West and Kostya Nikto emerge into the reader’s mind fully formed: enduring, breathing, anguished individuals with richly contradictory, troubled inner lives.”

Ian Colford writes a thoughtful review of Constant Nobody at The Miramichi Reader.

What is Constant Nobody?

Feminist fiction.

Historical fiction.

Literary fiction.

Spy fiction.

And a complicated love story.

Constant Nobody is set mostly in Moscow in 1937, during the Great Purge. NKVD officer Kostya Nikto is hiding British SIS agent Temerity West in his flat.

Politically, they’re enemies.

Kostya should have killed Temerity weeks before.

Instead, he wants to protect her.

Temerity, astonished by the risks Kostya is taking, confronts the fact she is trapped.

And so is he.

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Interviewed by Christy Ann Conlin

Christy Ann Conlin and I have a lot in common: approaches to narrative structure and strategy, favourite writers, and thematic concerns.

About a week ago, Christy Ann proposed interviewing me. As we worked on that between other responsibilities, my copy of Christy Ann’s new novel, The Speed of Mercy arrived. Its official pub date is 23 March. I devoured it and snagged a chance to review it for The Miramichi Reader.

Meanwhile, unaware I was reading The Speed of Mercy of quickly — the speed took me by surprise, too — Christy Ann finalized the interview with me. Her thoughtful and thought-provoking questions were most welcome. You can read the interview here.