May 25, 2010
May 25, 2010
"Annie's distinctive voice becomes so intimate that, while we laugh and condemn, the uncomfortable knowledge dawns that there might be a potential Annie in us all as she teaches us `how human beings need gentleness."---The Independent
"One day you're in clover; the next Annie has moved in next door and all hell's broken out.
Annie brings a vast collection of grudges, superhuman mendacity and a trove of well-thumbed self-help manuals with her:
These furnish her with what she sees as impeccable social `skills,' diligently misapplied to every unsuspecting community she colonizes."---The Guardian
"Annie Fairhurst bears a resemblance to Stephen King's Annie Wilkes (from Misery) and Ashworth is playing with the horror genre here, although the reader doesn't realize this for quite some time.
Until then, it seems to be an indictment of suburban living, God help you if Annie moves in next door.!"---Politico (Ireland)
A fiendish and coal-black comedy, Jenn Ashworth's A KIND OF INTIMACY offers one of the most compelling and perfidious narrators this side of Humbert Humbert. Overweight Annie is, she tells us, an exceedingly normal, socially wise (thanks to her tower of self-help tomes), winsomely humane, compulsive truth-teller. These are, the reader slowly, painfully realizes, all lies. When she moves in next-door to easy-going Neil, Annie quickly decides that he's her soulmate, but for their love to be realized, something needs to be done about Lucy, Neil's sexy wife. As the layers of Annie's personality and past are slowly exposed, the novel veers into noir, violence, and the perverse. A KIND OF INTIMACY is an unsettling, unforgettable, and grimly comic debut delight.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Settings, Psychology, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior, Family + Friendship, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Medicine + Health, Humorous Fiction
- Language: English
- Author: Jenn Ashworth
- Online Item #: 12274044
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-8606
- ISBN: 9781933372860
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported