Molly and her half brother Kenny are obsessed with a Niagara folktale about an Indian girl who is sacrificed in the Falls. Then Kenny lunges to his death on the night of their high school graduation, and Molly, in despair, marries Kenny’s best friend and flees to Southern California. Molly becomes a drunk, while her husband flourishes as a San Bernadino car salesman.
Forced to return home for her father’s funeral, Molly uncovers a different version of her past, full of family secrets and frustrated love. After her extraordinary first novel Snake, Niagara confirms Mary Woronov as an American writer with an idiosyncratic, surreal voice.
Mary Woronov, a writer as well as a painter and a film director, has long been recognized as a cult film star for Eating Raoul and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Her previous publications include an autobiography, Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory.
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I finished this and knew two things. First, I wanted a glass of wine & second, I needed to think about this book for a bit. I'm still thinking. The writing is so well done that you're lured, coaxed & seduced into the story the narrator is telling. But the thing about Molly (or Mei Li) is that she's so self-destructive, self-involved & perpetually drunk that you realize fairly quickly that you can't really go by her if you're looking for the truth. And that's when things really get interesting. I refuse to give any of the major plot points away & at 215 pages, it's pretty densely & quickly told (the second half of this book is a burning page turner & the ending left me angry that I didn't get another page & a half at the very least!) but it's worth it. I can't decide when Molly's life took the jump into the cavern or what the catalyst was, maybe it's the combination of the whole Carson clan but I do know that I was riveted to the story. The relationship she has with her mother is particularly well drawn & heartbreaking. The relationship with her father is also well portrayed as unfinished & remote. I sort of never stopped rooting for Bobby. And Kenny is still in many ways an unanswered puzzle. Molly ran me through just about every emotion but in the end, I wanted her to be okay to find herself & if she couldn't be wholly at peace, then I wanted her to be less destructive. I'm still thinking about which way she really went in the end & I suspect I will be for a long time to come.
Review: NiagaraUser Review - Goodreads
alcoholism... incest... and a giant waterfall. oh, and it's pretty hilarious. think a female chuck palahniuk.