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Love Me Back

A Novel

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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."

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 16, 2014 – Tierce's debut allow readers to glimpse into the mind of a young Texas woman intent on harming herself. Her poor decision-making is a self-imposed penitence for abandoning her daughter. Marie, the novel's narrator, gets pregnant at 16. She tries to do what she believes is right and marry the father, but they just can't make it work. Five-plus years as a hard-living waitress follows. Marie flees her family for the Dallas restaurant scene, gets drawn in by the wrong men repeatedly, self-mutilates, and sleeps with whomever will have her. With the drug-fueled restaurant world as a backdrop, Tierce's pages catalogue the joyless and degrading sex to which Aimee submits. The novel feels flat at times, and the number of Aimee's partners rises steadily without much change to her situation. But the depths of her self-loathing, related bluntly and almost offhandedly, give the book a weight and a resonance that defies its matter-of-fact voice.
Love Me Back
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Sep 16, 2014
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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