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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (Paperback, 2017)

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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

'You think you're invincible. You think you won't ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.'

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done And what her daddy will do when he finds out...

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage. Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape. Sometimes surviving isn't enough.

'There are books we like well enough to recommend, but there are a very few—TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, CATCH-22, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED—that we remember forever. To my own shortlist I can now add MY ABSOLUTE DARLING, by Gabriel Tallent. Fourteen-year-old Turtle Alveston is a brilliantly rendered creation, and her father is the most terrifyingly believable human monster to inhabit the pages of a novel since Harry Powell in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. This book is ugly, beautiful, horrifying, and uplifting. The word “masterpiece” has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but MY ABSOLUTE DARLING absolutely is one.' – Stephen King


Format: Paperback | 432 pages

Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 3 | 540g

Publication Date: 01 Sep 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers 

Imprint: 4th Estate

Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

Language: English

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 0008185220

ISBN13: 9780008185220


Condition: Like New

A book that looks new but has been read (the book looks like it hasn't been read). Cover has no visible wear. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.