by Julie Myerson
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Pub Date 02 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2023
This is definitely not a ghost story. But for a while after you’re gone, I see you everywhere. Every ragged young person sitting huddled on a pavement, every stretched-out body under cardboard in a shop doorway.
Two parents stand by powerlessly as their only child seems intent on destroying herself. As the mother—a novelist—attempts to understand her daughter, she finds herself revisiting her own uneasy, unresolved relationship with her mother. Weaving between childhoods past and present, laced with temptation and betrayal, Nonfiction: A Novel is an unflinching account of a mother, daughter, wife, and author reckoning with the world around her. But can a writer ever be trusted with the truth of her own story?
Clear-eyed, lacerating, and fearless, Julie Myerson’s Nonfiction: A Novel explores maternal love as an emotional foundation to both crave and fear. A hauntingly beautiful and deeply moving love letter from a mother to a daughter, this is a tale of damage and addiction, recovery and creativity, compassion and love.
About the Author: Julie Myerson is an author, critic and columnist. She has written for The Guardian, Harpers Bazaar, and the New York Times. She is the author of the novels Sleepwalking, The Touch, Me and the Fat Man, Laura Blundy, Something Might Happen, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and memoirs Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in our House, Not a Games Person, and The Lost Child. She lives in London with her family.
"This glitteringly painful novel, so steady and clear in its analysis of addiction, creativity, and the factors that determine female and familial identity, is the book [Myerson] was intended to write, and she has elevated it into a template for the re-making of self by means of a transformative and radical honesty." - Rachel Cusk
"Courageous, compassionate, and devastating."" - Andrew Solomon
"Myerson writes with devastating clarity about the most complex and troubling of emotions. Nonfiction is painful, powerful, and utterly compelling." - Sarah Waters
"Searing and tragic and cleverly layered, this thought-provoking novel about mothers and daughters, guilt and responsibility, fiction and truth, took me to the dark interior of family relationships and left me heart-broken. Just wonderful." - Claire Fuller
"In plain, unflinching sentences, Julie Myerson takes us right into a family's broken heart. Nonfiction might be a novel, but it feels like the truth. A raw, urgent, and compulsive read." - Rupert Thomson
"Nonfiction is compassionate, intelligent and bloody novel, where trust and love, motherhood and creativity crash and break on the rocks of addiction, treachery and confusion. Myerson's combination of ferocity and tenderness is unique." - Louisa Young
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Average rating from 21 members
Immersive and engaging. A recommended first purchase for collections where lit fic and WF are popular.
this book w r e c k e d me!!! beautifully written, heartbreaking, complex and so easy to love. definitely need to grab a physical copy ASAP
Rachel Cusk blurbed this and called it, "glitteringly painful."
God damn, was she right. This book was so heart breaking. It's kindle format made it a little hard to read, but that still didn't stop me from thoroughly loving this book. I will be purchasing myself a copy as soon as it is released.
Only issue I had, was that a some points it was a little hard to follow with the jumps. Again, that could just be the way the kindle book was formatted.