Acts of Desperation by Nolan, Megan

Acts of Desperation

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"A love story like no other."--Karl Ove Knausgaard

"Hot as viscera." --The New Republic

A "blistering anti-romance" (Catherine Lacey) about love addiction and what it does to us.Wouldn't I do anything to reverse my loss, the absence of him?

In the first scene of this provocative gut-punch of a novel, our unnamed narrator meets a magnetic writer named Ciaran and falls, against her better judgment, completely in his power. After a brief, all-consuming romance he abruptly rejects her, sending her into a tailspin of jealous obsession and longing. If he ever comes back to her, she resolves to hang onto him and his love at all costs, even if it destroys her...

Part breathless confession, part lucid critique, Acts of Desperation renders a consciousness split between rebellion and submission, between escaping degradation and eroticizing it, between loving and being lovable. With unsettling, electric precision, Nolan dissects one of life's most elusive mysteries: Why do we want what we want, and how do we want it?

Heralding the arrival of a stunning new literary talent, Acts of Desperation interrogates the nature of fantasy, desire, and power, challenging us to reckon honestly with our own insatiability.

Author: Megan Nolan
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Published: 09/27/2022
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.57lbs
Size: 8.24h x 5.56w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780316429832

About the Author
Megan Nolan was born in Waterford, Ireland and lives in London. Her essays, fiction and reviews published in the New York Times, the White Review, the New Statesman, the Sunday Times, the Village Voice, the Guardian, and in the literary anthology Winter Papers. Acts of Desperation is her first novel.

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