It takes a lot to make a novel a successful piece of art. It’s got to be both fantastic and relatable—something that grabs a reader’s attention by offering him more than what reality can, but grounded enough so that one can naturally lose himself in the characters, the story, and the environment that the author has created.
Lancaster’s Lee Noble, author of Infidels, has crafted a successful piece of art in his writing. Infidels is darkly funny, achingly sad, and remarkably readable. That Infidels is Noble’s first novel is incredibly surprising given the tact with which it is written; the seemingly effortless development of Infidels’ complex network of characters and plot would suggest the work of an author well into his career.
While many novels focus on the pains and pitfalls of adolescence, Noble’s Infidels does so with a frankness and honesty that avoids cliché and embraces the ugly truths of growing up an outcast.