True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback)
  • True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback)
  • True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback)
  • True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback)
True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback) True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback)

True Story: Signed Exclusive (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 04/08/2020
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Revolving around an inconclusive case of assault, Petty’s breathtaking debut explores the nature of trauma and truth through a unique cast of characters and experimentation with form.

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Inventive, electrifying and daring, True Story is a novel like nothing you've ever read before.

After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they'll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick - a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by - will never forget.

That's just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self-portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other - some real, some invented - until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed.

Startlingly relevant and enthralling in its brilliance, True Story is by turns a campus novel, psychological thriller, horror story and crime noir, each narrative frame stripping away the fictions we tell about women, men and the very nature of truth. It introduces Kate Reed Petty as a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529408539
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


I literally cannot believe this book exists. A mind-blowing page-turning un-put-downable heartwarming empathetic formally inventive horror suspense thriller, with a life-affirming and timely feminist message? What? This would be an amazing fifteenth novel for a person to have written and it is Kate Reed Petty's first one. What an incredible talent!' - Elif Batuman

'Kate Reed Petty is such a gifted writer that she can make even a college application essay feel utterly heartbreaking. And in True Story, she has given us a riveting and totally innovative novel about the power of lies to shape the truth, a book built like an elaborate jigsaw puzzle whose picture becomes thrillingly clear only after you've locked in the very last piece.' - Nathan Hill, author of The Nix

'Brilliant - a darkly gripping enigma of a book. Petty boldly plays with genre and voice to tell the story of an assault and a rumour that shapes the trajectory of a woman's life. The result is a beautifully prismatic and profound meditation on victims and perpetrators, lies and truth, and above all the dangers and powers of storytelling and what it means to finally claim your voice.' - Mona Awad, author of Bunny

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“True Story”

I read this book in a day because I couldn't put it down. And when I finished it, all I wanted to do was start it again. I've never read anything like it. I won't do the book any justice if I try to... More

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This is the most original, dazzling book I've read in years. Beautifully written and compellingly plotted, I read this in a single day.

I don't even know how to describe this book - it blends genre so that... More

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“Tough Subject; Immense Ambition.”

“This book is an exorcism.”

Well, this one is a REAL curve ball. Not for the faint-hearted, nor a book for those readers who like orthodox structure. This is a genre-bending novel that blends prose with screenplay,... More

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