At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall. She knows that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it.
She knows that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.
She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school or why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see. She doesn’t know why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done and what her daddy will do when he finds out …
Sometimes strength is not the same as courage. Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape. Sometimes surviving isn’t enough.
‘Tallent in this debut makes an old story – the drama of coming of age – feel original, modern and full of youthful power. In Turtle he has sketched to life an unusual protogonist.’ – The Times
‘One of the most important books you’ll pick up this decade’ – Harper’s Bazaar
“With its unconventional heroine and unflinching portrayal of an abused girl’s fight to save herself, My Absolute Darling seems poised to become the breakout debut of the year.” —The New York Times
“My Absolute Darling is a novel that readers will gulp down, gasping…Tallent [is a] prodigiously talented new writer.” —The Washington Post
“The year’s must-read novel…Tallent in this debut makes an old story — the drama of coming of age — feel original and full of youthful power.“ – The Times