It is the summer of 1969, and Clarice Stratford is reflecting on her younger years. Having experienced a sheltered upbringing in a family who love her dearly, she sometimes feels as though the world around her is moving too fast. However, with her passion for music, Clarice begins to establish herself.
At the age of 15, she meets a boy called Jim and falls in love for the first time. Jim seems to be everything Clarice had ever hoped for in love, and life could not be better. Enjoying both stability and a lack of drama, it comes as a shock to Clarice when one night she finds herself confronted by an apparition, who calls herself “Amelia”. Amelia urgently communicates that a girl is in danger, and Clarice feels the need to investigate further. Following a series of tragic events, Clarice’s life is turned upside down and she moves away.
A decade later, Clarice is living a hedonist’s dream in San Francisco, Wearing flowers in her hair, she indulges herself in drug-induced conversations late into the night. She lives with her lover, Clint in a long-term yet tumultuous relationship. Amelia starts to re-appear and Clarice is left to question the true reality of her life. But accepting who she really is brings an inevitable tragedy.
Author Imogen Radwan lives in Brighton and is a young author in a family of talented musicians. Imogen started to write Clarice when she was studying for her A-Levels and finished it whilst on an exchange year at the University of Amsterdam where she was studying philosophy and literature.