Published by Doubleday Release date : September 16th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Literary Fiction
Source: BEA | Format: ARC
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Marie, a young single mother, lands a job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the appetites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses. She loses herself in a tangle of bodies and the kind of coke that 'napalms your emotional synapses.' But obliteration—not pleasure—is her goal. Pulsing with fierce, almost feral energy, Love Me Back is an unapologetic portrait of a woman cutting a precarious path through early adulthood
I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Love Me Back was a new to me book that I discovered while browsing around at BEA. I was not familiar with the author either, so when I was given a card about the book, I went right over to meet Merritt and see what her book was all about. And I am glad I did.
This book is abrasive and disturbing – but in a good way. It’s not pretty – it gives you a good look inside the life of a self-destructive young woman who does things that would make others cringe; using sex and drugs to escape her own inner turmoil. The beauty in it is how thought-provoking it is. It’s just sad.
The writing in Love Me Back was quite unique, in my eyes. The book jumps around in different times of Marie’s life, and if you aren’t paying close attention to what is going on, you could easily get confused. Merritt’s keen ability to pull this off is amazing. Slowly over time, we see just a smidgen of what Marie’s life was like before her pregnancy. How a bright young girl turned into a sad, destructive woman.
This book isn’t for everyone. But if you are looking for an unapologetic, brutal yet beautiful story — this is for you. I loved it.
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