Being Lolita: A Memoir (Hardback)
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Being Lolita: A Memoir (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 18/02/2021
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"Have you ever read Lolita?"

So begins seventeen-year-old Alisson's metamorphosis from student to lover and then victim. A lonely and vulnerable high school senior, Alisson finds solace only in her writing and in a young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. North. He praises her as a special and gifted writer, and she blossoms under his support and his vision for her future.

Mr. North gives Alisson a copy of Lolita to read, telling her it is a beautiful story about love. The book soon becomes the backdrop to a relationship that blooms from a simple crush into a forbidden romance, with Mr. North convincing her that theirs is a love affair rivalled only by Nabokov's masterpiece. But as time progresses and his hold on her tightens, Alisson is forced to evaluate how much of that narrative is actually a disturbing fiction.

In the wake of what becomes a deeply abusive relationship, Alisson is faced again and again with the story of her past, from re-reading Lolita in college, to working with teenage girls, to becoming a professor of creative writing. It is only with that distance and perspective that she understands the ultimate power language has had on her and how to harness that power to tell her own true story.

Being Lolita is a stunning coming-of-age memoir of obsession, passion and manipulation, shining a bright light on our shifting perceptions of consent, vulnerability and power. This is the story of what happens when a young woman realises her entire narrative must be rewritten and then takes back the pen to rewrite it.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781398701205
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 409 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 30 mm

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“An honest and moving memoir that feels pertinent for these times”

Being Lolita is a eye opening and heart breaking memoir that charts a relationship Alisson Wood had with her English teacher when she was just 17. He used his position of power (and love of the book Lolita) to... More

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