Troubador The Significant Others of Odie May

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781800463714

eISBN: 9781800465831

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Significant Others of Odie May


On the night Odie May and her married lover are due to celebrate him leaving his wife, Odie goes out to buy a bottle of his favourite wine and, on her way home, is murdered by a woman in a lime green coat. But Odie’s story does not end there… 

Next, she finds herself in a waiting room with a man who introduces himself as Carl Draper and who tells her he is her Initial Contact. He is carrying a clipboard and invites her into an interview room. Over the course of her interview, Carl guides Odie back through the years, asking her about the significant others in her life in a quest to work out what she’s done wrong, who might have murdered her and why. 

As Odie comes to realise the truth about herself, the life she’s led and her death, she's given a choice: Carl can put her back to the moment before she was murdered and prevent it from happening, but this comes at a price Odie doesn't know if she can pay and, as she decides, she not only begins to understand what she has to do to become the person she should have been all along, but who is her most significant significant other.

Claire's third collection, 'Yield', was published by Two Rivers Press in February 2021. More information can be found on her website.

Wokingham Today

Odie May is a magnificent book. I’ve enjoyed every minute. What a charming and flawed and endearing character Odie is, and what a clever and intriguing idea behind her. The tale is psychologically so sound and emotionally engaging. I was totally wrapped up in the story from page one and had no idea how it would end… although such a satisfying ending. A really great read. I love Dyer’s books but this is the best so far.

by Hilary Boyd

Claire Dyer

Claire Dyer's poetry collections are published by Two Rivers Press, her novels by Quercus and The Dome Press. Her novel, 'The Significant Others of Odie May' is out now. She curates Reading's Poets' Cafe, teaches creative writing and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Berkshire.

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