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My Absolute Darling

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero-and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Gabriel
Tallent

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. My Absolute Darling is his first novel and was a New York Times bestseller. 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. My Absolute Darling is his first novel and was a New York Times bestseller. Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

My Absolute Darling is a great American novel for the increasingly isolationist, fractionalized, and disenchanted contemporary era. A story about the dysfunctional relationship between Turtle, a 14-year-old girl, and her disturbing father. A searing story of abuse and damaged people but it’s also about resilience and survival. A story and writing that keeps you breathless.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
29/04/2017
Publisher
4th Estate

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