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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

My Absolute Darling

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Aug 29, 2017 | 432 Pages
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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. 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.” —Stephen King

“Every once in awhile there comes along a fictional character … whose plight and determination to overcome subsumes the reader so completely, we actually feel ourselves missing him or her after the final page. Turtle, the adolescent protagonist of Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel, is that and so much more. For her unconventional wisdom and indomitable inner strength, and for Tallent’s descriptive dexterity, which makes everything from Turtle’s physical anguish to the smells and sensations of the lush California wilderness around her leap off the page—this is one of the most important books you’ll pick up this decade.” —Harper’s Bazaar

“One of EW’s favorite books of the year so far…an unputdownable coming-of-age novel.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Difficult to put down…the writing is lush and vivid. You’ll read it with your stomach in your shoes, rooting for [Turtle] the whole time.” —Marie Claire

“[An] engrossing read.” InStyle

“In his ferocious, heart-breaking first novel, Tallent deciphers the twisted relationship between Turtle Alveston and her rugged loner father, Martin…Tallent combines gorgeous passages about the wilderness Turtle knows well and a steady beat of dramatic tension in this smashing debut.” —”Between the Lines”, BBC

“Captures a compelling young heroine.” Vanity Fair

“[A] gripping, vivid debut…Readers will root for Turtle as she sets out to escape and be absorbed by Tallent’s stunning descriptions of nature.” —RealSimple

“Easily one of my favorite debut novels of the past decade.” Michele Filgate, LitHub

“To read [My Absolute Darling] is to become an evangelist for it.” —The Millions

“Turtle is the strong, resilient heroine we didn’t know we needed, and you’ll fall head over heels in love with My Absolute Darling.”HelloGiggles

“You’re going to be seeing this one everywhere pretty soon… a really remarkable tale about a remarkable young woman.” —BookRiot

“[Tallent has] written a fearless adventure tale that’s as savvy about internal emotional storms as it is about wrangling with family and nature… A powerful, well-turned story about abuse, its consequences, and what it takes to survive it.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Few coming-of-age stories deliver the sheer lyrical power of Tallent’s debut … Lucidly written, both heartbreaking and heartfelt, this book is ultimately affirmative without the slightest sentimentality, and it’s remarkable.” –Library Journal, starred review

“Turtle is an extraordinary character whose thoughts and actions enliven the pages of Tallent’s remarkable first novel—remarkable not only for its characterization but also for its minute examination of the natural world that Turtle inhabits. So vivid is the gorgeously realized setting that it becomes itself a major character in a novel that lingers in the mind long after the final page.” –Booklist, starred review 

“Emotionally fraught… Turtle’s story is harrowingly visceral.” —Publishers Weekly

“I read My Absolute Darling in one sitting, well past midnight, despite an early-morning flight: the book is that impossible to put down. Gabriel Tallent depicts Turtle’s battle for her independence–body, mind, and soul–with brutal honesty and overwhelming tenderness. The result is a heartrending debut that will shock, then shake, then inspire you.”Celeste Ng, New York Times-bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You 

“It is unreal how vivid and compelling this book is. Turtle Alveston is one of the most vibrant characters I’ve come across in a long time, and every scene in this astonishing novel packs so much tension, so much insight, such beautiful prose and such masterful handling of detail, I simply could not stop reading.”Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment 

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