Love Me Back

Love Me Back

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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From "5 Under 35" honoree and Rona Jaffe Award-winner comes an urgent, intensely visceral debut novel about a young waitress whose downward spiral is narrated in electric prose 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. In the words of Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, "Tierce roams like an avenging angel across the landscape of twenty-first century American decadence, and the truths she writes achieve a state of near-sacred subversion."
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
ISBN: 9780385538084
0385538081
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Feb 11, 2016

Not a happy story, but a well-written one. While Tierce's narrator lives a level of self-destruction that will be outside of most reader's experience, the non-linear style of the writing tells Marie's story creatively and I found Tierce's style fresh and original.

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emilyhintzman
Jan 05, 2016

I read this entire book in one night. Compulsively readable. This story is told as if you were sitting next to someone on a long flight somewhere; frank yet tender in its delivery. It is dark at times but feels genuine and honest. Nothing is embellished or glossed over.

Cynthia_N Nov 24, 2014

This was a good book but the story was a little sad. Marie is very lost in her life.

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Persnickety77
Nov 17, 2014

Whew. A pretty damn spot on account of what working in the restaurant world is like, and what being a confused and sad young adult is like. This book makes me very happy that I am not a floundering young adult anymore; those days were rough! Very well written - I tore though 100 pages in an afternoon.

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