Jax, a magazine-cover model, has had half her face destroyed in a bomb blast. Drowning in whiskey and self-loathing, she must rebuild her life now that her beauty is gone. Part love letter to New York, part commentary on social justice issues, Moxie is a timely and raw
portrayal of the sometimes self-destructive search for identity and redemption.
Blog Tour Dates: 30th April – 2nd May
Publication Date: 30th April 2019
Publisher: Tortoise Books
Est Page count: 242
Moxie is a harrowing, but excellently written novel. Jax’s first person voice is clear throughout the novel; her bitterness and anger come biting through in every word. She is sharp and harsh, both to herself and the people around her. As a hero, you do root for her despite her foul language and dismissive view of the world.
The details of being a survivor with a visual reminder to yourself and the world of what you went through are developed brilliantly throughout the novel. Poppe definitely does not shy away from the brutal reality of the situation, so it’s not for every reader but I personally enjoyed the harsh honesty.
New York is a wonderful backdrop for the novel. Poppe lovingly renders it on the page, making it as much of a character as anyone else.
This book focuses on some dark themes and situations, but it is an eye-opening read if you can work through those elements. Poppe is a fantastic up and coming author who I hope to read more from soon. She is a writer bravely taking on taboo subjects and I can’t wait to see where she goes next!
Find Out More About Alex Poppe:
Alex Poppe is the author of the debut novel Moxie (2019) and the story
collection Girl, World (2017). Girl, World was named a 35 Over 35 Debut Book Award winner, First Horizon Award finalist, Montaigne Medal finalist, and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. It was also awarded an Honorable Mention
in General Fiction from the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her short fiction has been a
finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest, a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and commended for the Baker Prize. Her non-fiction was named a Best of the Net nominee (2016), a finalist for Hot Metal Bridge’s Social Justice Writing contest, and has appeared in Bust and Bella Caledonia. She is an academic writing lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and is working on her third
book of fiction with support from Can Serrat International Art Residency and
Asociacíon Cultural LINEA DE COSTA DUPLO Artist in Residency programs.