My Absolute Darling
""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. The reader tracks Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"One of the most momentous debuts in years: A transcendent novel that strikes a deep emotional chord, My Absolute Darling combines a page-turning female survival story, an arresting use of language, and a heart-wrenchingly powerful redemptive arc"-- Provided by publisher.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
417 pages ; 24 cm
From Library Staff
Beautiful, lyrical prose contrasts with the sharp, smart, teenage gun-toting survivalist named Turtle. The setting is almost like its own character, rough around the edges but still tender-hearted and sensitive at the roots (much like the protagonist, Turtle). Many themes emerge, but readers w... Read More »
"Though I am right in the middle of this one, it's a great tour-de-force. The protagonist, a gun-toting, adventerous 14-year-old teenage girl named Turtle (real name: Julia) is a tough cookie on the outside, but internally she is trying to navigate her world and struggling to figure out soc... Read More »