Magazine article Herizons

Black Star

Magazine article Herizons

Black Star

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BLACK STAR

MAUREEN MEDVED

Anvil Press

REVIEW BY KERRY RYAN

While Maureen Medved's first novel, The Tracey Fragments, explored a teen girl's troubled mind, her latest, Black Star, looks at the mental unravelling of an older woman. Del Hanks is a lonely 40-yearold philosophy professor who is worried about her tenure when adjunct Helene LeBec, described as "Rock-star hot, or the girlfriend of a rock-star hot," joins the department and threatens Del's job security.

The novel begins as a darkly humorous jaunt into academia. Dowdy Del buys her suits at Forever 55, buys her queen mattress ("Ambitious going with a queen over a double") at a store called Matricide and attends seminars for the reprobate academic. She comically struggles to complete her book, The Catastrophic Decision, which she's been writing for a decade. Her early assessments of her new, pierced, blue-haired nemesis are whip-smart, including: "Her giant anime eyes ticked open, that factory-inserted look known as Doll's Head. …

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