AVAILABLE DARK takes place primarily in the cold, dark regions of Iceland. Photographer Cass Neary is an aging hippie from New York who becomes a heroine of sorts, not because she is witty, pretty, or believable, but because she is scared. A product of the lost drug generation, Cass has drunk or dosed away any real talent she possesses. But she maintains a good eye for the photographic subject. She has squandered the livelihood available to her through the camera in alcohol, pills and hard drugs. These are not qualities a reader anticipates from a likable character.
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