First Love

First Love

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Catastrophically ill suited for each other, and forever straddling a line between relative calm and explosive confrontation, Neve and her husband, Edwyn, live together in London. For the moment they have reached a place of peace in their relationship, but past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that brought her to Edwyn, she describes other loves and other debts--from her bullying father and her self-involved mother, to a musician she struggled to forget. Drawing us into the battleground of this marriage, Gwendoline Riley tells a transfixing story of mistakes and misalliances, of helplessness and hostility, in which both husband and wife have played a part. Could this possibly be, nonetheless, a story of love?"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Brooklyn ; London : Melville House, 2017.
ISBN: 9781612196268
Branch Call Number: RIL
Characteristics: 166 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 1st love


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May 09, 2017

With its ironic title, the short novel provides a portrait of the marriage of a damaged writer and an older man. Riley focuses her gaze on this toxic relationship. The description of her mother is both sad and quite funny. The author can write, but to what end?

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