Eat My Heart Out

Eat My Heart Out

2.7 (553 ratings by Goodreads)
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Meet 2014's most outrageous, funny and shocking anti-heroine: Ann-Marie.

She's 23, her life has collapsed, and she's blaming everyone but herself. Heartbroken, skint and furious, she's convinced that love - sweet love! - is the answer to all of her problems, until she meets legendary feminist Stephanie Haight, a woman who could be her saviour - or her final undoing.
From neo-burlesque pop-up strip clubs, to ironic Little Mermaid-themed warehouse parties via ritual worship ceremonies summoning ancient power goddesses, disastrous one night stands with extravagantly unsuitable men, naked cleaning jobs, a forced appearance on Woman's Hour and baby boomer house parties in Islington, Ann-Marie hurtles through London and life, urged on by Stephanie, who is convinced that if she can save Ann-Marie she'll rescue an entire generation from the curse of ironic detachment.

Fiercely clever and unapologetically wild, Eat My Heart Out is the satire for our narcissistic, hedonistic, post-post-feminist era.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 22mm | 338g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9781781251348
  • 1,020,912

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Like a foul-mouthed Nancy Mitford for the Gawker generation, Zoe Pilger brings a ruthlessly sharp eye to our muddled and indulgent times. Eat My Heart Out is viciously, violently funny, and marks the arrival of a fearsome new voice in British fiction. -- Sam Byers, author of 'Idiopathy' Eat My Heart Out is a romantic comedy without the romance; clever and biting, it is a satirical look at the narcissistic lives of twentysomethings in our post-post-feminist era -- Felicity Wood * The Bookseller * A post-feminist, female equivalent of Bret Easton Ellis, Zoe Pilger is definitely one to watch; her writing is fast-paced, audacious, disjointed and dizzying, perfectly capturing the volatility, frustration, fear and arrogance of being young ... Eat My Heart Out is sure to take your breath away. -- Jane Bradley * For Books' Sake * Meet 2014's funniest new writer ... a brutally honest story about being young, female and totally heartbroken. * Company * Shades of Sheila Heti but British and much funnier * Bookseller * A biting look at contemporary feminism, sexuality and romance -- Corinne Jones * Observer * A properly funny novel about being young and in London nowabouts ... I just finished Zoe Pilger's debut , which I got a massive kick out of Eat My Heart Out from start to finish ... it's narrated by a sassy and hilarious and completely charming young maniac called Ann-Marie. It's a glorious hoot from start to finish: I really wish there were more novels like this these days. -- Stuart Hammond * The Quietus * A wild and wicked rampage through the psyche of a lost young woman. Zoe Pilger's outrageous take on modern life packs a punch ... Super-smart, funny and dark as midnight. -- Eithne Farry * Marie Claire * Hooray for Zoe Pilger: her debut novel is about the London we know and love and it is dead smart and gloriously, mercifully, snort-out-loud hilarious ... Eat My Heart Out is the hipster Bridget Jones's Diary it's ok to like -- Stuart Hammond * Dazed and Confused * A roaring page-turner ... Zoe Pilger writes with such infectious rage that ... some readers may find their hands trembling slightly as they do the turning ... ferociously dark ... not since Martin Amis's early work can I remember a novel so exhilarated - and made so exhilarating - by its own sense of disgust. -- James Walton * Daily Mail * It fizzes with exploded declarations and flicker-switch emotions ... The dialogue is fresh and clipped, and Pilger is particularly good with voices ... This book certainly has a force-field. -- Rosa Rankin-Gee * Guardian * Very funny ... In many ways Eat My Heart Out resembles an updated and anglicised version of Bret Easton Ellis' Rules Of Attraction * Emerald Street * A bold debut ... instantly gripping ... it's refreshing to read a novel about a strident and flawed young woman rather than a simpering heroine ... a thought-provoking read. -- Emma Firth & Lucy Reber * Stylist * Bristles with outrage and extravagant absurdity ... dark and funny -- Jonathan Gibbs * TLS * Eat My Heart Out is a remarkable thing: a debut novel that is both laugh-out-loud funny and unflinchingly serious. Even more extraordinary is that Zoe Pilger heightens this clever balancing act with skill, meaning, and unparalleled insouciance. Reading this novel is like watching the most daring of tightrope walkers at work: we are captivated every step of the way, left breathless right until the very end. I loved it. * Lee Rourke * Brilliantly odd and very funny ... Eat My Heart Out is pacy and packed with incident. Its pop-up format offers all manner of quick pleasures. -- John Sunyer * FT * I tell everyone to read Eat My Heart Out - a satire on feminism -- Emma Jane Unsworth * ELLE * Impressive ... intelligent and sharp ... she captures London's energy and indifference well -- Lesley McDowell * Independent on Sunday *
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About Zoe Pilger

Zoe Pilger writes about contemporary art for the Independent and won the 2011 Frieze Writer's Prize. She is currently working on a PhD at Goldsmith's college and lives in London. Eat My Heart Out is her first novel.
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553 ratings
2.7 out of 5 stars
5 7% (41)
4 19% (107)
3 29% (160)
2 24% (133)
1 20% (112)
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