Sometimes Crissy's mum is her best friend, sometimes a woman to be frightened of. A diet of Hammer horror and cake mix has hardened her heart and her arteries and even Jehovah can't bring her into line. She's never going to be like other mums. One misstep and Crissy is ordered to pack her bags: she's off to live with Freddy Krueger on the other side of the woods...
The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise is a heart-warming, occasionally scabrous insight into growing up wild in the 1990s when your family didn't quite fit in - a wise and witty debut from a talented and unusual voice.
"Fresh, witty, caustic and clever, Crystal Jeans' debut novel is the lesbian coming-of-age story that we have been waiting for."
Sita Balani, Diva Magazine
"A very well-handled coming-of-age novel in a tough and individual style: Crissy’s voice is perfectly rendered, and the details of her life and relationships wholly convincing…my impression is of something much darker beneath the quirky, humorous surface..."
"Exceptional and accessible – funny, fearless and often beautiful."
"Such a strong voice. The author really captures the timeline and South Wales in a compelling, engaging, and authentic style. A strong read with simple yet view-changing sentences. I almost felt part of the family. This will stay with me for a long time."
Donna - Louise Bishop
"Think Caitlin Moran in Gabalfa, Cardiff - dysfunctionality made humorous and page-turningly entertaining and moving."
Prof Tony Curtis