The Pollen Room Author:Zoe Jenny In the half-lit world of a broken home, Jo grows up afraid of the shadows and desperate for company. By age seventeen, she has learned to build her own happiness, and her fantasies of love fuel perilous experiments with drugs and sex, and a search for the mother who abandoned her years earlier. Told in the spare, haunting language of an unhappy ... more »childhood, The Pollen Room is a universal story of love and disillusionment. Ultimately, it is Jo's revelation about her mother's own demons that brings a bittersweet reconciliation of childhood dreams and adult reality.
The Pollen Room catapulted its twenty-three-year-old author to international fame upon its publication in Europe in 1997. Told with powerful insight and maturity, the novel is a testament to our times.« less