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My Absolute Darling - Gabriel Tallent

Paperback Published: 21st August 2017
ISBN: 9780008185220
Number Of Pages: 432

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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


An unsettling book


This is an unsettling book, taking us into the mind of an adolescent with a far from normal life. Turtle is subject to physical, mental and sexual abuse from her father. She doesn't know how to relate to others, especially her peers, but she knows how to survive. The author clearly depicts Turtle's mental processes and her self-talk gives us an excellent insight into how her thinking has been brutally skewed. I love how she becomes a hero for others, and ultimately for herself. This is a book that talks about a painful topic and will stay with readers.

Perth, Western Australia


My Absolute Darling

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`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 ... The word "masterpiece" has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one' Stephen King

`If you liked Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, you'll love this' Daily Mail

`A powerful tale with a howitzer of a heroine and a plethora of extraordinary scenes' TLS

`A heartrending debut that will shock, then shake, then inspire you' Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

`An outstanding book that could be this year's A Little Life' Guardian

`My Absolute Darling is an absolute triumph' National

`The writing is beautiful and vivid, while the story is brilliantly urgent, brutal and uncompromising' Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days

`Tallent's breathtaking debut is a harrowing and at times psychologically difficult journey on the scale of A Little Life or The Goldfinch, but it's worth it . . . a true inspiration' Harper's Bazaar

`Once a year - certainly no more - along comes a special novel that turns its readers into literary holy rollers. A couple of years ago it was Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life. Before that Ferrante fever. This year, I suspect it will be My Absolute Darling' The Times

`This is a compelling and unsettling novel that sucks you into its darkly warped world and doesn't let go until the last page ... powerful, violent, savage and quite brilliant' Daily Express

`A gut wrenching, terrifying novel written so beautifully it sings off the page' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

`This is a bloody, brutal tale, but also an incredibly beautiful one' Emerald Street

ISBN: 9780008185220
ISBN-10: 0008185220
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 21st August 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.5

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