True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies
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One ordinary afternoon in a nameless town, a nameless young woman is at work in a benefits office. Ten minutes later, she is in an underground parking lot, slammed up against a wall, having sex with a stranger. What made her do this? How can she forget him? These are questions the young woman asks herself as she charts her deepening erotic obsession with painful, sometimes hilarious precision. With the crazy logic and hallucinatory clarity of an exhilarating, terrifying dream, told in chapters as short and surprising as snapshots, True Things About Me hurtles through the terrain of sexual obsession and asks what it is to know oneself and to test the limits of one’s desires.
 

About Deborah Kay Davies

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Deborah Kay Davies started writing and publishing when she was a mature student and taught creative writing at Cardiff University. Her first collection of stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful, won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year Award. She has also published a collection of poems, Things You Think I Don't Know. She lives in Wales.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Faber & Faber. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She slacks off at her job, makes a fool of herself on a blind date with a decent bloke and generally does everything she can to distance herself from the solid middle-class world she came from.

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A sexual obsession pulls this novel’s heroine into her darkest self.

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In the first chapter of this short novel the unnamed narrator agrees to go off, with a new claimant in the benefits office where she works, for rough sex in a car park.

Jul 31 2010 | Read Full Review of True Things About Me: A Novel

The Bookbag

Summary: Their first encounter – late one night in an underground car park – is just the beginning… but it is not necessarily the path to true love as we know it and the undertow of this restless sea into which our heroine has waded, can be deadly.

Mar 26 2011 | Read Full Review of True Things About Me: A Novel

Open Letters Monthly

But at the same time I knew I didn’t understand either, that recently I’d felt like a punctured balloon darting about at a party I wasn’t even invited to, making a slightly embarrassing sound.” This sly, inviting tone makes the story a constant pleasure to read, often a guilty one, as we’re enter...

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Curious Book Fans

There are many words that one could use to describe this book – thrilling, disturbing, enigmatic, and compelling – and none would completely do it justice.

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New Welsh Review

and I'm wondering: do I have some kind of problem seeing the impossible for what it is?” shows the author seeking refuge in generalising when she could have shown exactly the what and why of Hazel's emotional ailments.

Mar 21 2011 | Read Full Review of True Things About Me: A Novel

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