Review: The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak


theinvaders The cover of Karolina Waclawiak’s The Invaders is misleading. The bright colors and sunny scenery conjure up visions of an idyllic beach getaway, a life where the hardest decision one has to make is what wine to order with dinner (or what hour to start drinking). But this is a gritty story, full of shiny facades that are dull up-close and the futility of covering deep wrinkles with makeup.

Little Neck Cove, Connecticut is a community obsessed with appearing young and effortless – a prim beauty queen of a beach town. The women of the town wear bright colors in bold patterns. Like mating birds pruning their feathers, they sport colorful prints and dramatic necklaces in the hopes of appearing youthful and desirable. The men are aging in their polos and boat shoes, working their New York City jobs and coming home to drink and drive around on their golf…

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