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Ivy Pochoda

Autor(a) de Visitation Street

8 Works 1,151 Membros 72 Críticas 1 Favorited

About the Author

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Obras por Ivy Pochoda

Visitation Street (2013) 491 exemplares
These Women (2020) 335 exemplares
Wonder Valley (2017) 162 exemplares
Sing Her Down (2023) 82 exemplares
The Art of Disappearing (2009) 76 exemplares
Jackrabbit Skin 3 exemplares
Route 62 (2018) 1 exemplar
Sing Her Down 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Pochoda, Ivy
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Locais de residência
West Adams, California, USA
Harvard University (BA - Classical Greek and English)
squash coach
Kim Witherspoon (Inkwell Management)

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Ivy Pochoda graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Classical Greek and English. She was a champion squash player and a six-time member of the United States Women's National Squash Team. She was the Spring 2009 James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Tattoo Trade
Review of the Amazon Original Stories eBook (March 19, 2024), released simultaneously with the Audible Original audiobook.

Swan had done the tarot card and hummingbird herself - the first ink she'd applied to her own skin since her early days of tattooing. Strange to feel the fine bones of her wrist under the needle. Out of body almost. Victim and prey. Sometimes the pieces reveal the truth we hide from ourselves.
She never tires of looking at ink on her skin.
That experience is also out of body. The ink makes her feel more permanent. More indelible. But also as if she's looking at someone who isn't her.

Tattoo artist Swan escapes a bad marriage and heads off to a desert community thanks to a trailer loan from friends. The locals aren't very welcoming and relations with the next-door widower start off rocky until some bonding occurs when the man seeks to memorialize his deceased wife on his skin. The other locals become even more incensed over that and the twist reveal explains all.

I was more taken with the descriptions of the tattoo designs and the overall obsessions with skin art. The neighbour danger in this one wasn't as twisty as it was in The Other Side of the Road (#3 in the Never Tell series).

Jackrabbit Skin is the fifth of six Amazon Original Stories eBooks/Audible Audio audiobooks released on March 19, 2024 as part of the Never Tell Collection of short stories which are promoted with the collective description:
"How well do you know people? How well do they know you? Six award-winning, bestselling authors of suspense explore the lingering threat of secrets and the inescapable fear that they can’t stay buried forever. No matter how dark the hiding place, the consequences of revealing the truth can bring out the worst in lovers, friends, family, and strangers."

Trivia and Links
Ivy Pochoda is the author of several novels, the most popular of which is Visitation Street (2013). Her most recent novel is These Women (2020). I've actually read both of those and gave them 4-star ratings in reviews here and here.

You can watch for current and past Amazon Original Stories which are usually paired with their Audible Original narrations at an Amazon page here (link goes to Amazon US, adjust for your own country or region).
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alanteder | Apr 30, 2024 |
This novel starts in a woman's prison when two inmates are released at the same time. They knew each other while there and one (Dios) has an unhealthy fixation on the other (Florida). Florida wants to get away from her. Florida has a privileged background and is in jail for being an accessory to a murder. The plot is very sympathetic to her plight but over time we find there is more to her character than meets the eye.The novel culminates with the long awaited confrontation between the two. A well written credible novel.… (mais)
muddyboy | 7 outras críticas | Jan 17, 2024 |
Sing Her Down, by Ivy Pochoda, was NOT an easy book to read, but it's worth sitting with it and digesting it. I've enjoyed Pochoda's work previously and this one did not disappoint.

The story is told from the varying perspectives of four major characters. This can be a bit dizzying at first since you are 'dumped' into someone's brain, basically, but I quickly got used to this form of narrative.

These four characters (and some other, less major personages) are all navigating the world of early COVID lockdown, which provides a stark setting of desolation (both emotional and external). The story takes place in Arizona (in a women's penitentiary) and Los Angeles, California. Pochoda's descriptions of scenery and surroundings is very visual and vivid. I could almost see the 'film' of the story in my head as I was reading.

I'm not sure how to really explain the plot without spoiling it, but it involves crime and violence, self-actualization, some redemption. I would add a big Content Warning for violence (some of it graphic). While it's not egregious it is still very much part of the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher - Farrar, Strous and Giroux - for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. I've already recommended it to my various book groups, and look forward to what Ivy Pochoda writes next!
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decaturmamaof2 | 7 outras críticas | Nov 22, 2023 |
J’ai repéré ce livre dans une liste de livres noirs, pas mon genre en général, mais le résumé de celui-là m’a attirée, et je me suis donc empressée de l’emprunter quand la branche numérique de la bibliothèque l’a proposé. Dans un quartier de Los Angeles bien loin du glamour que le nom de cette ville véhicule habituellement, des femmes sont sauvagement assassinées, et encore plus préoccupant, assassinées de la même façon que d’autres femmes lors d’une série de meurtres il y a un peu moins de vingt ans.
Comme je l’ai dit, je ne suis pas habituée de ce genre de roman, mais il semble que celui-là soit différent, principalement parce qu’il est centré sur les victimes et toutes les femmes invisibles qui sont touchées par l’enquête. Et c’est vrai que l’enquête en elle-même est secondaire (je suis presque déçue qu’elle soit résolue à la fin, mais je suppose que cela permet de clore le roman de façon nette), ce que j’ai apprécié. Par contre, on gravite dans le milieu des prostituée, des danseuses de bar, mais aussi de femmes qui peuvent sembler mieux traitées par la vie, mais qui ont leurs propres blessures. C’est un roman sur tout ce qu’il y a de compliqué dans la condition féminine, tout cela dit sans pathos et, malgré la dureté du propos et de la vie des protagonistes, sans voyeurisme ni misérabilisme. Juste un tableau. Pas bien gai, mais juste un tableau, qui n’en rajoute pas mais n’en soustrait pas non plus. Et le titre est particulièrement bien trouvé, car il n’y a pas vraiment de personnage principal ici, c’est un roman choral. Une chorale qui chante une chanson sombre et noire, mais pas une chanson désespérée.
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raton-liseur | 18 outras críticas | Oct 18, 2023 |



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