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From Barnes & NobleAnnie Fairhurst is looking forward to a fresh start. Overweight and socially awkward, she has shrugged off her unhappy past, jettisoning unattractive furniture, unfriendly neighbors, unpleasant memories, and her controlling husband and her clingy daughter.
With a mountain of self-help books to sort out life's terrifying twists and turns, Annie's confidence grows. This time she'll get things right. Yet despite her best efforts and meticulous planning, she's never quite able to make her old life disappear. Like a surplus of bad pennies, there's always something to remind her of everything she'd like to forget. And when Annie meets a new neighbor, she mistakes simple human kindness for a romantic interest, setting in motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her new life.
A Kind of Intimacy is a marvel of a book which the singularity of Annie's voice drives so compellingly. Deeply personal and unsettlingly familiar, it provokes the uncomfortable realization that there's a bit of Annie in each of us. Ashworth's uncanny insight into a mind both fragile and damaged will remind readers of the best psychological thrillers, while her mordant humor adds its own dimension. Even when things have gone horribly wrong, Annie remains sympathetic and winsome, still trusting that the gentleness and connection she seeks are out there somewhere, waiting just for her.