The Space In Between by Christine Rho

Review: “The Space In Between” grabbed me from the start with its laconic first person narrative, which I found compelling. It’s both harsh with reality yet delicately touched by whimsy as we experience the world from the perspective of Nikki Cash. She’s a young drug-addled writer struggling with inspiration, life and self that produces yet more cravings for oblivion through drugs and alcohol though she still hopes to find her creative voice. In the midst of these self-destructive tendencies comes Sylvia, a bi-polar artist with her own issues to fight, who draws Nikki’s spark of attraction and eventually a kind of reckless love. There are others in this Sapphic search for adulthood that may eventually come…if only Nikki can survive to reach it.

The flippant sadness of it all was achingly real: the type of high-pitched cheeriness that some people try to sing over the depressed, hurrying them along in a desperate attempt at encouragement. The inadvertent attempts to both kill oneself and survive, testing out indirect ways to achieve either were all indicative of the struggles so many adolescents have but which are mostly hidden or ignored by parents, or peers, professors and managers. Honestly, this is the type of book, which by its description I might never have chosen and read by my own volition without having it submitted to my site for review, but I am infinitely glad I was offered this random chance to read, “The Space In Between.”

This is one of those books I can imagine as a film, but if only the true meaning and all the subtle nuances, the attempts of self-immolation, the snarky little barbs that flow off the tongue like believable lies, the non-committal expression on young faces that conceal the chaos within? If those things could be conveyed, the film would be brilliant. The language is often graphic, explicit in detail but with no apology. The scenes presented are brutal in their simplicity. It definitely could have used more editing, but it was agonizing, beautiful, sometimes angering but painfully real. Many of us have been to such emotionally, morally and/or ethically dark times in our lives at one time or another, to some degree or another. Find out where that place is from the perspective of Christine Rho’s character, Nikki Cash. I came out of it with a bemused sort of admiration.

Description: “The story of Nikki Cash, a young drug-addled writer, who struggles to find creative drive for her novel. Her inspiration slowly decays as she prostitutes her writing for a Hollywood producer. To cope, Nikki and her rag tag group of friends find a detour from responsibilities through booze and drug fueled nights escaping the ennui of Los Angeles. In the midst of all this, Nikki meets Sylvia, a bipolar artist who sparks Nikki’s love and inspiration. But as Nikki’s vices increase, so does her self-destructive tendencies, putting her novel, work, and love in danger. And as Nikki’s friends start their trek towards adulthood, Nikki is left to decide where hers will lead.”

  • Published May 19th 2012
  • Available at Amazon
  • Genre: Contemporary fiction, GLBTIIQ Interest, Lesbian Fiction
  • Source: Author

Author Profile:

Christine Rho was born and raised in Los Angeles, the inspiration for much of her writing. She briefly lived in Korea as a child, attending school before moving back to Los Angeles where she completed the rest of her primary education. She won a Screenwriting fellowship for a short story submitted during high school and continued her path towards writing and film by attending UCLA School of Film and Television. There, she was awarded a scholarship from the MPAA for a short film project. After graduating, Christine started working in various production companies, eventually writing and producing an independent feature film, The Iron Man (2006). She has since written three more screenplays for the same company. During that time, Christine began her first novel, The Space In Between. An excerpt from the novel, “A Photo” has appeared in the quarterly digest, The Amor Fati. She has also been published on Rumble Magazine, The Scrambler, PunkSoulPoet, and The Adroit Journal.

Website: http://www.christinejrho.com/

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