As old economies collapse and new ones rise, the tide of 21st century immigration has turned, bringing an influx from the once prosperous West.
Tolerance, an impoverished widowed mother of two, believes she must do anything to survive, including escaping her birthplace; a once genteel city now shrouded by a seething, perilous shanty town.
However, in an unpredictable society where age-old predators seize the vulnerable, home and friendship might be all anyone has.
What readers are saying…
Really enjoyed this book. Faced-paced adventure story which is set in the future but still current (with a twist ?). Quite unsettling at times, but I liked the focus on female friendship in the face of adversity. Good read.
This is the third book I have read by this author and I have found them all to be refreshingly unpredictable and well written. In the ‘Colour of Money’ Jaques describes a vision of a bleak (not too distant) future not entirely beyond the realms of possibility. The story has echoes of some of the darker fairy tales juxtaposed with warmth and optimism and is told in an economic yet elegant (mostly) way. It is Jaques ability to create a sense of place that I particularly admire and I hope she will expand on this talent in future works.
I have read several books by Barbara Jaques and this one was quite different from the others. A dark view of the (perhaps, near?) future, where life is cheap in a broken society, the central characters do what they can and must for them and their families to survive. What worried me was that I could envisage the story playing out for real. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read and look forward to the next book.
A view of a not too distant future which leads you through some wonderful characters and unexpected plot twists. I’ve read a few of this author’s books and always feel connected to the characters and I have never yet predicted where the narrative will go. I love her short stories and would highly recommend.
Another engrossing read from Ms Jaques. Her dystopic vision of the future has at its centre an enduring female friendship that speaks to the “me too” generation. Compelling and profound.
About the author…
“I’m the author of reading group fiction and short stories. I also write a social-satireseries inspired by my time living as an expat in Singapore.
Living back in England now, I create the sorts of novels I like to read: something to get me thinking with the occasional slice of dark humour and sprinkling of tears.
Influenced by life’s what-ifs? I hope that sometimes I might succeed in inspiring the same question in others.
Writing Colour of the Day was a case of turning a once comfortable life on its head; recreating the desperation faced by so many across the globe but in a familiar space.
And the question remained what if? What if it was me? What if it was you?” Author Barbara Jaques.