Marietta Miles’ May takes place on Folly Island in the 1980s and in Shreveport, Louisiana during the 1970s. There’s a storm coming to Folly Island and May Cosby is just hoping to survive it, and any other disaster that might befall her.
In the course of this tense and claustrophobic book we find out a lot about May and the people she encountered over the years. As well as as moving backwards and forwards in time to tell May’s story, Miles also gives us a look at the POVs of a couple of the book’s supporting cast; the hapless Tommy and the vicious John Karl Jr. And we see how they impact on May’s life.
Marietta Miles once again proves herself to be one of the best noir writers working today. May is a brutal, brittle and brilliant gem.