A novel about two superbly strong, original women – a mother with terminal cancer and a daughter who thinks she is possessed by the devil.
Lauren Walker has been keeping one hell of secret: she thinks she is possessed by the Devil. Fear of discovery forces her to wear the mask of a model citizen with strict, self-imposed rules. In her twenties, she succumbs to the pressure of living so many lies and finds release in self-harm and bulimia. When this gets out of control, she braces herself to tell her family and seek help, but at this very moment her mother discloses a tragic secret of her own. She has breast cancer. And so begins the roller-coaster of caring and coping, of surviving and dying. But this is no downer. It is written with such audacity, bravado and black humour that you won’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Device, The Devil and Me is original, powerful, and raw. It engages readers in an emotional journey of dizzy highs and heart-breaking lows. Nothing is done for emotional or stylistic effect and the finale is a triumph.
WOW! Stephanie Taylor really knocked my socks off with her novel! She has talent in spades and certainly made me cry.
Deborah J Miller, writer
An accomplished and impeccably penned narrative. Stephanie Taylor is a brilliant tour-guide through difficult and challenging human territory.
Christopher Rush, author of ‘Will’