Aud it rhymes with shroud Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands As imagined by Nicola Griffith in this ferocious masterpiece of literary noir, Aud is a hero who combines the tortured complexity with moral authority In the aftermath of her lover s murder, theAud it rhymes with shroud Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands As imagined by Nicola Griffith in this ferocious masterpiece of literary noir, Aud is a hero who combines the tortured complexity with moral authority In the aftermath of her lover s murder, the last thing a grieving Aud wants is another case Against her better judgment she agrees to track down an old friend s runaway fianc e and finds herself up against both a sociopath so artful that the law can t touch him, and the terrible specters of loss and guilt As stylish as this year s Prada and as arresting as a razor at the throat, Stay places Nicola Griffith in the first rank of new wave crime writers.
Stay Aud it rhymes with shroud Torvingen is six feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes She can restore a log cabin with antique tools or put a man in a coma with her bare hands As imagined by Nicola Griff
This was a very good sequel to The Blue Place. If you have not read The Blue Place yet, do not read this one until you do. For those who have, know how heartbreaking The blue Place ended. Stay is about Aud picking up the pieces and staying present in the world. When she would much rather hide or destroy it all.Anyone who reads Griffith, knows how talented and beautifully she writes, this book is no exception. My heart absolutely breaks for Aud, and while you can see her getting her life on track [...]
I'd read Nicola Griffith's previous book featuring the same protagonist, Aud Torvingen, about seven years ago and couldn't recall much in terms of plot or mood as I began to read this one.That is until a scene of climactic violence by ways of superhuman ferocity courtesy of the protagonist suddenly erupted about halfway into the book. Things began to fall into place and I remembered what I'd liked and what left me feeling ambivalent about The Blue Place. Aud is a noir superheroine and I'm not to [...]
I am empathetic towards Aud in "Slow River" (Aud Torvingen #4) and "Always" (Aud Torvingen #3), less so with Aud in "Stay" (Aud Torvingen #2). A compelling and ending. Wow!
The climax of the first book was absolutely heartbreaking. In this novel you are left with the feeling Aud has managed to crawl out of the hole she found herself in. There is trouble brewing on the horizon of course but she has made great strides towards finding her balance again. Griffith does amazing things with this character, who in the hands of a lesser writer could easily have turned into a clichéd badass former police officer. Stay is a worthy sequel to The Blue Place. I'm looking forwar [...]
WOW! Aud the backbone of the story is quite the woman. Her change in personality from the blue place is quite interesting to watch unfold. "We won't always know whose lives we touched and made better for having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What's important is that you do care and you act" C. Lunsford. Look forward to reading the next book in the series.
PROTAGONIST: Aud TorvingenSETTING: North CarolinaSERIES: #2 of 3RATING: 4.25WHY: After the death of her lover, Julia, for which she was partially responsible, Aud Torvingen retreats into an isolated life in the mountains of North Carolina, where she is building a cabin. Although she’d like to, she can’t refuse when her oldest friend, Dornan, asks her to find his fiancée, Tammy. Aud finds that Tammy has gone to New York and is in a truly abominable situation. She removes Tammy from the threa [...]
Griffith has written a couple of excellent sci-fi novels ('Ammonite' and 'Slow River'). 'Stay is more of a thriller/crime novel, but since I had liked her other books so much, I decided to pick it up.What I didn't realize is that it is also a sequel (to 'The Blue Place'). It does work as a stand-alone, but I wish I had read 'The Blue Place' first.In 'Stay' we meet Aud Torvingen - a Scandinavian ex-policewoman & private detective, who is in the middle of reclusively renovating an Appalachian [...]
I really loved this second in the Aud (rhymes with crowd) Torvingen series. I'd already read the first and third, somehow missing this one. Griffith does an amazing job of making her characters, and especially Aud, real people. So much so, in fact, that any description of them (her) here sounds cliche. Aud is a martial arts expert, tuned into both nature and spirituality, lesbian, essentially fearless the combination of which makes her sound like a cartoon character. However, in this series, sh [...]
Excellent sequel, in which Aud's heart, alluded too in The Blue Place, shines through. Crafty Nicola Griffith set Aud up beautifully in this taut, richly written mystery.
Not really a mystery.
ok really like the aud torvingen series.
A good story that will lead you to think of a female James Bond. Well written and keeps you interested.
Stay continues the story of Aud Torvingen, the complex character introduced by Nicola Griffith in The Blue Place. In profound grief over the death of her lover, Aud has been living a reclusive life, rebuilding a cabin in the forests of North Carolina. Her friend Dornan visits with a request to find her missing fiancé and Aud, reluctantly, agrees to the task. After all she has to keep her promise to her dead lover and stay in the world. She finds the missing Tammy in a loft in New York, where sh [...]
It's a wonderful book. As with all writers, once Griffith gets in a groove, she loses some of the luster that betokened her first book. Aud remains a fascinating character. This book is one of the best descriptions of grief and its effects that I've ever read. Those who have read The Blue Place will understand why as this book follows the loss of Julia. The strength of the book is the way in which it sees the world through Aud's eyes. As such the world is broad, filled with different senses, and [...]
First, the good stuff: the characters, as in the first book of this trilogy, are well conceived as people (even if Aud is sometimes too good to be true, there's nothing about her that couldn't exist, so there's no actual suspension of disbelief required). The writing is just pretty enough to be delightful and not so self-consciously pretty that it's distracting. Griffith manages to write an introverted, mad-with-grief protagonist who has spent most of the last several months completely alone, an [...]
I don't know where Griffith takes all that emotion from. The contrast between light and dark, happy and sad. And then manages to wrap it all up in beautiful prose.As with Blue Place, this novel is a character study rapped in a crime novel. Aud Torvingen set out to find a friend of a friend, and gets much more involved than she originally plans. I 'struggled' a bit in the first novel to like a character with that much darkness in her. While the light that surrounded her made that process easy in [...]
B+, well-written but not up to "The Blue Place," Aud #1. Minor credibility probs + caper stuff. 3.6 starsBut see eyrie/~eagle/reviews/"Griffith succeeds here, even more than in The Blue Place, in taking a hypercompetent protagonist and making her painfully human. I found it the perfect blend between a strong plot and sufficient danger to create suspense, and deep enough observation of character to show the pain and reversals of growth. Stay centers in emotions and interactions rather than in the [...]
I really loved the first Aud Torvingen book. And was pretty disappointed in this one. I thought it started off strong, and was as lost in Aud's grief as she herself was. But then Tammy shows up and I find myself caring about the book less and less. I don't really like Tammy, I don't think the reader is supposed to -- but I followed faithfully while Aud rescues her and am even thrilled during the explosive action scenes. When she ends up in the cabin and starts a path of redemption is when I fina [...]
I liked this book, the second of the Aud series, more than the first. I'd give it a 3.5. Aud seemed a little less judgmental (just a little) and more relatable. I finished this book in one day but I wouldn't necessarily call this a quick read. This is my second time to read it--the first was over a decade ago when it was released. Strangely enough, I thought this book was just about Aud building a cabin alone and dealing with her grief. I didn't remember the story at all! "Stay" is a great follo [...]
11/2012 The ice is cracking in Aud. She's so sure she's got all the answers in the first book, and in this one she doesn't even know how to frame the question. I love the growth, the way the plot unspools, and all the fully-fleshed out minor characters. Not to mention the Narnia bits. 6/2009 In this book Aud becomes more human. Coping with tragedy, she begins to realize that it's not all black and white, not all controllable. She's still superhuman, still incredibly compelling to me, and Griffit [...]
When my sister was in Seattle, she grabbed this book for me because I wanted to read more books by this author. I found out about her while in Seattle many years ago and had read Slow River which was really great. In this book, Aud, the main character, is a classic noir protagonist. Her mourning of her lover badly hampers her in life, but she shines when she's on the case. The story of her search for a friend's lover is very convincing, as is her character. This author was suggested by someone a [...]
STAY is a wonderful book, a very worthy sequel to THE BLUE PLACESTAY is less of a mystery or a thriller than a grief-and-recovery story -- but I don't at all mean to warn you off; there's a good amount of mystery and action. But what's going on with Aud's personal development is central and the action happens around the edges, as it were.In STAY, Aud is a much more human, much more approachable protagonist than she was in the first book. I liked her very much in the first book, but there she was [...]
This is the second of Griffith's books featuring Norwegian ex-cop Aud Torvingen, and you really need to have read The Blue Place to know what's going on.Spoiler alert for The Blue Place!As well as being an engaging novel of suspense and mystery, Stay is a moving study of bereavement. Devastated by the violent death of Julia, Aud copes by seeking solitude and hard work rebuilding her remote cabin.
Aud is a great protagonist. She's damaged but functional, and her damage reveals itself in interesting ways. She's still reeling from the murder of Julia, her girlfriend and moral center, but reluctantly puts an end to her self-imposed exile from the world in order to help a friend find his missing girlfriend. Aud's decisions as to what she will and won't do are always interesting to observe, because Griffith takes us through her sometimes fractured thought process and makes every conclusion tha [...]
This is a sequel to The Blue Place and deals with some of the consequences of that book and the further development of the character of Aud Torvingen. I find it curious that the scenes of violence are fast paced and almost incoherent, often requiring me to flip back to figure out what actually happened in them, while the slower moments are lavished with lush, meditative prose. I find myself wishing that Griffith would go ahead and write a whole book about woodworking and leave out the film noir [...]
So I pretty much read this in a day and a half. Nicola Griffiths writing is very rich, the plot tight, and there is a ton of different scenery. From New York to the Blue Ridge Mountains, to Arkansas. The overall feeling of the book is very sadthough, because the main character is struggling with grief, and it is very realistically represented, and it overshadows everyhthing that happens throughout the book. I am excited to read more of her work!
I am a long-time fan of Nicola Griffith. Each of her books has a really distinct style, great flawed characters, lots of atmosphere and I have read some of them more than once. This book is no exception. It is one I will return to again and again.Aud, the protagonist, is devastated by the death of her lover. She is tough and tender hearted. And in need of resurrection. I read long into the night to find out if she succeeded. A thoroughly good read, beautifully written.
Aud'd grief is immersing, graphic and easy to understand. The book itself is very difficult to read because of it, but that breaks the whole series out of the mould. Aud's reaction to death brings the story to a new level of reality, something that's missing in most noir stories. The change in her perception of Dornan, Tammy and the world around her is fascinating to follow.Butterfly metaphor works as well, although the resulting butterfly is very bloody and harsh.
one of the most original and beautifully-written crime novels i've read. the main character is hard-core, complex and one of the most unique i've encountered in the genre(not that i've read any other lesbian-detective novels, tho i know there are others). plus, you can learn to renovate a log cabin just by the detailed descriptions of the main character's efforts at same; practical education from an noir-action thriller!
Grief hurts. Physically, mentally, emotionally. It will fuck with you and keep fucking with you. And a really good way of dealing with grief is to fix somebody else. And then go and hurt somebody else. Again, really gorgeous writing. Descriptions of physical scenes are very tactile, sense of location whether it is New York City, Atlanta, or Appalachia wilderness is perfect. I especially love the descriptions of the Atlanta heat, I know that heat and I can feel it as I read.