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2022 Longlist

Acts of Desperation

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

She’s twenty-three and in love with love. He’s older, and the most beautiful man she’s ever seen. The affair is quickly consuming.

But this relationship is unpredictable, and behind his perfect looks is a mean streak. She’s intent on winning him over, but neither is living up to the other’s ideals. He keeps emailing his thin, glamorous ex, and she’s starting to give in to secret, shameful cravings of her own. The search for a fix is frantic, and taking a dangerous turn…

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Megan
Nolan

Megan Nolan lives in London and was born in Waterford, Ireland. Her essays, fiction and reviews have been published in The New York TimesThe White Review, and the literary anthology Winter Papers among others. She writes a fortnightly column for the New StatesmanActs of Desperation is her first novel.

Megan Nolan lives in London and was born in Waterford, Ireland. Her essays, fiction and reviews have been published in The New York TimesThe White Review, and the literary anthology Winter Papers among others. She writes a fortnightly column for the New StatesmanActs of Desperation is her first novel.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This striking debut novel from young Irish author Megan Nolan is impressive not just for its raw and unshrinking look at the cruelties and degradation of a destructive love affair but also for the confident and mature adroitness of the author.  This novel was praised and discussed in our libraries during 2021 – an exciting and original new voice for Irish fiction. Waterford City and County Libraries, Ireland

This outstanding novel of psychological fiction explores the power relations between men and women in intimate relationships with style and a depth of insight. Chicago Public Library, United States

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
06/01/2022
Country
Ireland
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Penguin Books, Jonathan Cape

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