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Turtle’s life is not like everyone else’s. She has no friends and doesn’t want any. She can’t let anyone into her life, and she doesn’t know how to get out. Raised by her father, she is half wild, and under his control/spell which keeps her from the life she didn’t even know she longed for until she meets Jacob. The life she should be living is now within reach, but can she break away from her father’s abusiveness and take control of her own destiny? Is her will to survive strong enough? Tallent has woven a story/spell with a richly written heroine whose strengths and weakness are at odds both inside her head and in the outside world, but who’s skill at survival serves her in the end.
*Please note, this novel has explicit sexual and violent content.
September 2017 Indie Next List
“I believe in great American novels, but not the Great American Novel. This is a Great American Novel: exquisitely lush language of the natural world; startlingly vivid characters; a global understanding of social context, in a particular place; and, in this case, steel-wire narrative tension stringing through the beautiful prose like piano wire. It is the book this year that I feel every American should read, because of its greatness and also because of its deep wrestling with issues of class, complacency, climate change, culture, and especially gender.”
— John Evans (M), DIESEL, A Bookstore, Oakland, CA
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Impossible to put down." --NPR
"A novel that readers will gulp down, gasping." --The Washington Post"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." --Stephen King
A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.
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.