True Things about Me

True Things about Me

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One ordinary afternoon in a nameless town, a nameless young woman is at work in a benefits office. Ten minutes later, she is in an underground parking lot, slammed up against a wall, having sex with a stranger. What made her do this? How can she forget him? These are questions the young woman asks herself as she charts her deepening erotic obsession with painful, sometimes hilarious precision. With the crazy logic and hallucinatory clarity of an exhilarating, terrifying dream, told in chapters as short and surprising as snapshots, "True Things About Me "hurtles through the terrain of sexual obsession and asks what it is to know oneself and to test the limits of one's desires.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 217 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 15mm | 209g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0865478546
  • 9780865478541
  • 2,971,789

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"Davies unspools her novel in short chapters featuring searing, forensically precise sentences. Every sensation is recorded. . . But what [Davies] does most brilliantly is to give equal time to her narrator's feelings of victimization (fear, self-loathing), as well as to those feelings no one wants to acknowledge--an eager complicity, the way a dangerous person can make us feel alive. In some ways, Davies has also captured the malaise of the virtual age, showing how our connections to a false idea of a person, or virtual person, come at the expense of the real people around us. She has taken a common subject and through dreamlike imagery and uncommon complexity swept the reader up too." --Rebecca Barry, "New York Times Book Review" "Brutal, funny, and exerting the sick fascination of watching a train wreck. One of those rare novels that is genuinely about sex, in all its irrationality and potential for self-destruction." --LIONEL SHRIVER, author of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" "A perfectly tidy, well-constructed life--complete with job, friends, parents and house slides into the gutter . . . An airy book, full of wonderful spaces. Why can't she stop herself? Is her life so worthless? It's the narrator's insouciance that draws us in, but something darker keeps us reading. We all know how fragile our lives are. You close the book and are relieved that her descent is not your own." --SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, "The Los Angeles Times""" "In this wallop of a little novel . . . Ms. Davies writes with such spunk that you stay with her for much of the ride." --Susannah Meadows, "New York Times" "Glinting with pitch-black humour, Davies's razor-edged style has a lucidity and ferocity that makes much 'literary' prose sound like soggy mush." --BOYD TONKIN, "The Independent ""Deborah Kay Davies . . . is a writer born to awaken us . . . Her gift is that of nuanced compassionate revelation. Here, the almost-incomprehensible is made palpable. The ostensible fact that it's told to
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About Deborah Kay Davies

Deborah Kay Davies started writing and publishing when she was a mature student and taught creative writing at Cardiff University. Her first collection of stories, "Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful," won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year Award. She has also published a collection of poems, "Things You Think I Don't Know." She lives in Wales.
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526 ratings
2.96 out of 5 stars
5 11% (57)
4 20% (106)
3 36% (191)
2 20% (103)
1 13% (69)
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