“I believed I was a salamander and it seems that I was nothing but an impediment.” —Zelda Fitzgerald
Two sisters in 1990s London—totally unaware of each other—one a fast-living model and one a working class girl.
Bullied as a child in America, Sallie goes to London to find the mother who left her, but soon slips into the decadent dance club culture. She also moves in with Philip, a psychiatric nurse who happens to be the illegitimate grandson of Zelda Fitzgerald.
Amanda, her twin, grows up in a slummy London commune with their crazy mother. She avoids a mysterious stalker, works for an eccentric millionaire and finds consolation with a charismatic rock musician who draws her into his love of S&M and two pet piranhas.
Unexplained forces—predators and protectors—weave in and out of both girls’ lives. The Salamander’s Slipper, set mainly in London, is a magic realism story and should appeal to readers who enjoy dark, edgy literary fiction.