Troubador Kingdom Come

Released: 28/11/2017

ISBN: 9781788039925

Format: Paperback

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Kingdom Come

A Semi-Autobiographical Novel


Matilda Voisey is a member of the low-paid precariat, working one part-time job after another following the completion of her MA in Writing and her first novel. When her latest job ends, she finds work sorting mail at the local mail centre, only to battle the bottle, aggro and noisy housemates. In the dead time after Christmas, having worked a succession of eighty-four hour weeks, Matilda loses it completely, succumbing to alcoholism and psychosis.

Kingdom Come is the story of how Matilda recovers her mojo and discovers her strengths as a writer. It is funny and wry and full of hard-won wisdom. It is also the story of how Matilda recovers her faith in God and goes on to find employment and meaning again after a time in the wilderness.

Kingdom Come is “a semi-autobiographical novel,” and I think semi must be the operative word, because I cannot imagine that anyone could possibly experience the life that Matilda, the main character in this book, endures.

Wracked with guilt and fearing both demonic possession and Satan-worshipping, Matilda roils through alcohol, drugged and derelict roommates, fear, loathing, and love of The Lord, and more than one lengthy stay in psychiatric wards on her wild ride to apparent Eternal Salvation. This book is both hysterically funny and totally confounding, which I suspect is why I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to Kingdom Come.

by Susan Kaplan

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