My Absolute Darling
'There are books we like well enough to recommend, but there are a very few - To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch-22, The Things They Carried - that we remember forever. To my own shortlist I can now add My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent. Fourteen-year-old Turtle Alveston is a brilliantly rendered creation, and her father is the most terrifyingly believable human monster to inhabit the pages of a novel since Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter. This book is ugly, beautiful, horrifying, and uplifting. The word "masterpiece" has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one' Stephen King 'A gut wrenching, terrifying novel written so beautifully it sings off the page. Unlike anything I've read before. An astonishing debut' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat 'My Absolute Darling is a searing book, one that dives headfirst into the dark side of survivalism and enforced isolation without losing sight of the fact that all the bad things that ever happen to Turtle Alveston plant the seeds for her ultimate triumph' Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved 'My Absolute Darling is an utterly fantastic read. Every page is brimming with energy. And Turtle Alveston is as enthralling a character as I've encountered in a good long while. I highly recommend this book' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds 'My Absolute Darling is about how love, manipulated by loyalty, can change so easily to fear and violence. The writing is beautiful and vivid, while the story is brilliantly urgent, brutal and uncompromising. Like a witness to a terrible car crash, I couldn't draw my eyes away' Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days
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.