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From “one of Britain’s most original young writers” (The Observer), a blistering account of a marriage in crisis and a portrait of a woman on the edge Rendered in dazzling prose, First Love is an account of the relationship between two catastrophically ill-suited people walking a precarious line between relative calm and explosive confrontation. Neve, the novel’s acutely intelligent narrator, is beset by financial anxiety and isolation, but can’t quite manage to extricate herself from her volatile partner, Edwyn. At the peripheries, Neve’s stunted father and self-absorbed mother offer their own forms of cruelty toward their daughter. Told with emotional remove and bracing clarity, First Love is a portrait of a woman in the balance, caught between withdrawal and self-assertion, depression and rage, that rings mesmerizingly and devastatingly true.
Number of Pages: 166
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Gwendoline Riley
Street Date: March 28, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-26-1549