Nonfiction: A Novel (Paperback)

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Nonfiction: A Novel (Paperback)


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"Raw-nerved and plangent."—The New Yorker

"Entrancing."—ELLE, A Best Book of 2024 

“Glitteringly painful.”—Rachel Cusk

This is definitely not a ghost story. But for a while after you’re gone, I see you everywhere. Every ragged young person sitting huddled on a pavement, every stretched-out body under cardboard in a shop doorway.

Two parents stand by powerlessly as their only child seems intent on destroying herself. As the mother—a novelist—attempts to understand her daughter, she finds herself revisiting her own uneasy, unresolved relationship with her mother. Weaving between childhoods past and present, laced with temptation and betrayal, Nonfiction: A Novel is an unflinching account of a mother, daughter, wife, and author reckoning with the world around her. But can a writer ever be trusted with the truth of her own story?

Clear-eyed, lacerating, and fearless, Julie Myerson’s Nonfiction: A Novel explores maternal love as an emotional foundation to both crave and fear. A hauntingly beautiful and deeply moving love letter from a mother to a daughter, this is a tale of damage and addiction, recovery and creativity, compassion and love.

Julie Myerson is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen and The Stopped Heart, and three works of nonfiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and The Lost Child. As a critic and columnist, she has written for many newspapers including The Guardian, the FT, Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times, and she was a regular guest on BBC TV's Newsnight Review. She lives in London with her family.
Product Details ISBN: 9781959030317
ISBN-10: 1959030310
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English
Raw-nerved and plangent. . . . a sustained meditation on the trials of family, marriage, and creativity.
— The New Yorker

Affecting. . . . poignant.
— The Atlantic

Entrancing. . . . [A] gutting feat of love.
— ELLE, Best Books of 2024

Compelling. . . . feels ultimately like the truth.
— Kirkus Reviews

A tale of art, addiction, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters, Nonfiction promises to devastate.

— The Millions, A Most Anticipated Book of 2024

Urgent. . . . I couldn’t stop reading it.
— LitHub, A Most Anticipated Book of 2024

A psychological, moving novel that takes to task the very nature of storytelling.
— NYLON, A Best Book of January

Haunting. . . . vibrant. . . . realistic and heartbreaking. . . [a] high-wire act.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Blistering. . . . reading this book felt like being haunted by yourself, by your daughter, by your mother — by all the versions of yourself and those your love, and all the stories you will and won’t be able to tell about them.
— Powell's

A heartbreaking family tale and a strong piece of writing. It examines marriage, fidelity, motherhood, the creative impulse and addiction, all with a keen eye and a delicate heart.
— Book Reporter

This glitteringly painful novel, so steady and clear in its analysis of addiction, creativity, and the factors that determine female and familial identity, is the book [Myerson] was intended to write, and she has elevated it into a template for the re-making of self by means of a transformative and radical honesty.
— Rachel Cusk

Julie Myerson’s Nonfiction is a magic trick of a novel in which every gut-punch lands and every playful gesture delights. A tour-de-force of concentration and tone, it’s also a masterclass in the existential ransom that is motherhood.

— Joshua Ferris

Courageous, compassionate, and devastating."
— Andrew Solomon

Myerson writes with devastating clarity about the most complex and troubling of emotions. Nonfiction is painful, powerful, and utterly compelling.

— Sarah Waters

Searing and tragic and cleverly layered, this thought-provoking novel about mothers and daughters, guilt and responsibility, fiction and truth, took me to the dark interior of family relationships and left me heart-broken. Just wonderful.
— Claire Fuller

In plain, unflinching sentences, Julie Myerson takes us right into a family's broken heart. Nonfiction might be a novel, but it feels like the truth. A raw, urgent, and compulsive read.
— Rupert Thomson

Nonfiction is compassionate, intelligent and bloody novel, where trust and love, motherhood and creativity crash and break on the rocks of addiction, treachery and confusion. Myerson's combination of ferocity and tenderness is unique.

— Louisa Young

Utterly compelling and painfully truthful.
— Polly Findlay

This is such a compulsive read. Searingly honest and raw, Julie Myerson's new novel cuts to the heart of emotions we might try to evade, because they're just too overwhelming.
— Deborah Moggach

I found it truly remarkable, simultaneously honest and tricksy, deeply emotional and cunningly constructed, like having a magician explain an unbelievable trick even as she astonishes you with it. She manages to speak with heartbreaking clarity about the damage of addiction within a family and at the same time to examine the rights and responsibilities of the professional writer of fiction to her subject matter, herself and her readers. . . . I was moved and dazzled in equal measure.
— Olivia Hetreed