True Love: A Novel

True Love: A Novel

by Sarah Gerard

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Overview

A Glamour Best Book of 2020  A Bustle Best Books of 2020 • Winner of an Audiofile Earphones Award  An Entertainment Weekly 30 Hottest Book of the Summer A Refinery29 25 Book You’ll Want To Read This Summer Selection  A Chicago Review of Books 10 Must-Read Books of the Month A LitHub Most Anticipated Book of the Year  A The Millions Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A Shondaland 15 Hot Books for Summer

One of today’s most provocative literary writers—the author of the critically-acclaimed Sunshine State and the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award finalist Binary Star—captures the confused state of modern romance and the egos that inflate it in a dark comedy about a woman's search for acceptance, identity, and financial security in the rise of Trump.

Nina is a struggling writer, a college drop-out, a liar, and a cheater. More than anything she wants love. She deserves it.

From the burned-out suburbs of Florida to the anonymous squalor of New York City, she eats through an incestuous cast of characters in search of it: her mother, a narcissistic lesbian living in a nudist polycule; Odessa, a single mom with even worse taste in men than Nina; Seth, an artist whose latest show is comprised of three Tupperware containers full of trash; Brian, whose roller-coaster affair with Nina is the most stable “relationship” in his life; and Aaron, an aspiring filmmaker living at home with his parents, with whom Nina begins to write her magnum opus.

Nina’s quest for fulfillment is at once darkly comedic, acerbically acute, and painfully human—a scathing critique of contemporary society, and a tender examination of our anguished yearning for connection in an era defined by detachment.



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ISBN-13: 9780062937414
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,120,776
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, which was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel Binary Star, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, T Magazine, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, and the anthologies Tampa Noir, We Can’t Help it if We’re From Florida, and One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism. She lives in New York City with her true love, the writer Patrick Cottrell. Find her at Sarah-Gerard.com.

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