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.
‘The writing is beautiful; the exposition of the human condition, indescribably ugly’ - The Saturday Paper
‘To tackle such material so well and craft a novel of such ragged beauty is astonishing. That it has been published into our intellectually timid, censorious literary culture even more so, but your reviewer is glad it has been.’ - The Saturday Paper
‘An outstanding book that could be this year’s A Little Life: it has the same melodramatic intensity and shock value (from child abuse to finger-shooting and scorpion-eating), but is brilliantly written and less vulnerable to accusations of titillation’ GUARDIAN
‘My Absolute Darling is going to be a thing. Some books generate a buzz. Now, us literary editors like to think we're hardened to hype and PR puffery, but there are moments when you have to surrender. My Absolute Darling has a buzz about it - and deservedly so. I suspect this debut is going to be a big seller and win some rave reviews. It's a coming-of-age novel with guns, DIY surgery and adventure. Gabriel Tallent, still in his 20s, is one to watch.’ TIMES
‘This is the book every other book this year has to square up to’ RICK O’SHEA, RTE
‘This is one of the most important books you'll pick up this decade.’ Harper’s Bazaar
Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers.
He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest.
Tallent lives in Salt Lake City. Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers.
He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.
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