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My Absolute Darling

A Novel

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ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES'S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
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ONE OF NPR'S 'GREAT READS' OF 2017
A USA TODAY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
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"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.
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"My Absolute Darling is a novel that readers will gulp down, gasping...Tallent [is a] prodigiously talented new writer." -The Washington Post

"A searing story of abuse and damaged people, but also about resilience, strength and survival. Much recommended." -Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times

"With its unconventional heroine and unflinching portrayal of an abused girl's fight to save herself, My Absolute Darling seems poised to become the breakout debut of the year." -The New York Times

"My Absolute Darling is Gabriel Tallent's first novel, and no less than Stephen King has called it a "masterpiece" to rank with To Kill A Mockingbird and Catch-22." -NPR

"Our generation's next beloved literary heroine....this is one of the most important books you'll pick up this decade." -Harper's Bazaar

"A gripping introduction to a seriously brave little girl... My Absolute Darling is an affecting read but also an important one." -USA Today

"Impressively, this is...a novel of great beauty, filled with lush evocations of the woods." -Wall Street Journal

"Make some time to read Gabriel Tallent's My Absolute Darling...The sentences are beautiful, the language spare and tough." -Sam Sifton in The New York Times

"A gripping read, written in beautiful, brutal prose ... My Absolute Darling is a Great American Novel for the increasingly isolationist, fractionalised and disenchanted contemporary era." -Financial Times

"A stunningly poetic psychological thriller." -O, The Oprah Magazine

"There's no shortage of things to admire in My Absolute Darling -it's a devastating and powerful debut from a writer who's almost certain to have a wonderful career ahead of him." -NPR.org

"An unputdownable coming-of-age novel." -Entertainment Weekly

"The best drop-everything debut...if you loved To Kill A Mockingbird's Scout Finch, you'll be into Turtle Alveston." -Glamour

"A brilliant and haunting debut." -People

"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

"Captures a compelling young heroine." -Vanity Fair

"A major American debut that incorporates psychological realism of the highest order, juxtaposed with nature writing that at times is so lyrical, you might as well be reading poetry." -The Houston Chronicle

"Stunning ... contemplative and heart-wrenching." -Los Angeles Review of Books

"Extraordinarily unsettling and ambitious...an amazing debut." -The San Francisco Chronicle

"Brilliant and terrifying, told in expansive, wild and bold prose...Reading this book is like watching an electrical storm, both beautiful and dangerous." -The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"[A] glaring, gorgeous book... My Absolute Darling sounds primal alarms with an urgent contemporary voice." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Beautifully written and emotionally gripping... My Absolute Darling is a strange hybrid of a book, part gorgeous nature writing, part psychologically astute family drama." -Tampa Bay Times

"Explosive...There are many elements of this story we would rather not believe - all so convincingly rendered that we can't help but believe them." -The Boston Globe

"With its excellent prose and fast-paced plot, it is a spirited debut." -Dallas News

"My Absolute Darling is an absolute triumph." -The National

"Loved every minute." -Newsday

"The year's must-read novel...Tallent in this debut makes an old story - the drama of coming of age - feel original and full of youthful power." -The Times (London)

"An incandescent novel with an extraordinary, unforgettable heroine, both deeply contemplative and utterly thrilling." -The Guardian

"Ferocious, heart-breaking ...Tallent combines gorgeous passages about the wilderness Turtle knows well and a steady beat of dramatic tension in this smashing debut." -BBC

"[A] gripping, vivid debut...Readers will root for Turtle as she sets out to escape and be absorbed b
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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. Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 432
Erscheinungsdatum 01.06.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-53671-0
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20,7/13,2/3 cm
Gewicht 328 g
Verkaufsrang 3.144
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My absolute Darling
von miss.mesmerized am 27.08.2017
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It’s just the two of them, 14-year old Julia, called Turtle, and her father Martin. Her mother ran away a long time ago. And there’s her grandfather living close to them, but staying mainly apart. Her father loves her, more than anything else in the world, she can feel... It’s just the two of them, 14-year old Julia, called Turtle, and her father Martin. Her mother ran away a long time ago. And there’s her grandfather living close to them, but staying mainly apart. Her father loves her, more than anything else in the world, she can feel it, despite his strange way of showing his affection. He hurts her sometimes, but only because she has not been nice and provoked him. And he loves her, like a man loves a woman. She likes being close to him, that’s normal, isn’t it? But as Turtle is getting older, somewhere deep inside her doubts start to grow. Is all this correct? When she meets Jacob and gets to like him more and more, suddenly the fragile family construction of Martin and Turtle is threatened, even more when Martin brings the small girl Cayenne to their home. Turtle finally realised that she has to do something because nothing is right in their home. Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel has a weird fascination just like accidents have. On the one hand, you do not want to look (or in this case: read on), because it is all to awful and you know that you had better not read this. On the other hand, you want to see what’s happening and this drags you back to the novel again and again. Surely, this is nothing to read for highly sensitive readers. It is about child abuse, violence and psychological pressure of the worst kind. However, even though from an outsider’s point of view, this is horrible and unbearable, Gabriel Tallent manages also to convey another perspective which, it remains to be feared, is only too real and can be found in many victims. Julia loves her father, she loves his tenderness and warmth and even the physical contact isn’t something she loathes, quite the contrary. If she did something against it, she’d lose him and thus she has to calculate very accurately what she is doing. This is not easy to understand and even worse to support in a novel, but at a realistic view, this might be a quite common interpretation of the situation. All in all, not a novel you enjoy to read, but one that takes an interesting perspective and might add something to our understanding.