If the novel has a message, it is surely that love can conquer all. It just depends on how consumed by it you want to be, and the price you’re willing to pay. Stephanie Johnson, August 2021
Based on the author's own experiences, this vivid novel explores how - as the Van Morrison song suggests - crazy love can take away the troubles. It can, though, add a whole lot more.
'We save each other, don’t we, when we are in love.'
It has been 28 years since Vicki last sent a letter to Robert Muldoon. Last time she wrote, he was Prime Minister, while she was living with her loser-boyfriend and wanting to know why people like her had to exist in such dire straits. Back then, Muldoon sent her a dollar, but it was the irrepressible Billy who turned up and transformed her life. This time Muldoon is dead and it is Billy who has made her so desperate she doesn’t know where to turn.
Since running away with Billy,
Vicki has barely looked back. Together they have become a family and
prospered. They have survived so much, but can they survive Billy’s
increasingly erratic behaviour, especially when he seems so set on
pulling them apart?
Radio NZ link with Lynn Freeman: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/standing-room-only/audio/2018808314/rosetta-allan-on-crazy-love
Book review in ANZL and Canvas by Stephanie Johnson https://www.anzliterature.com/anzl-review/crazy-love-by-rosetta-allan/
Newsroom book of the week by Sue Orr https://www.newsroom.co.nz/book-of-the-week-auckland-rhapsody
Q&A with readclosenz Josie Shapiro: https://readclose.com/2021/08/11/qa-rosetta-allan/