Acts Of Silence Book
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RELEASE DATE - 7 JULY 2022
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 - VOGUE, BuzzFeed, LitHub
"Thoughtful, savage eye." RAVEN LEILANI, author of LUSTER
"Radical, daring and bracing." SHEILA HETI, author of MOTHERHOOD and PURE COLOUR
A provocative debut exploring sex and sexuality as a twentysomething New Yorker pursues a sexual freedom that follows no lines other than her own desire.
If sex is a truth-teller, Eve―a young, queer woman in Brooklyn―is looking for answers. On an evening when she is feeling particularly impulsive, she posts some nude photos of herself online. This is how Eve meets Olivia, and through Olivia, the charismatic Nathan―and soon the three begin a relationship that disturbs Eve as much as it delights her. As each act of the affair unfolds, Eve is left to ask: to whom is she responsible? And to what extent do our desires determine who we are?
In the way that only great fiction can, Acts of Service takes between its teeth the contradictions written all over our ideas of sex and sexuality. As incisive as it is exhilarating, this novel asks us to face our ideas about desire and power: what sex means to us, the forces that shape it, and how we find―or lose―ourselves in intimacy. At once juicy and intellectually challenging, sacred and profane, it might be the most thought-provoking book you read all year.
"A young woman follows her exhibitionist streak to uncharted new territory in this bold and unflinchingly sexy novel, engaging in a three-way sexual relationship that teaches her more than she could have imagined about her own desire."
"I was completely absorbed by this radical, daring and bracing novel about a so-cold and yet so-intimate world where safety and pleasure can only be found in the most unlikely and unpredictable of places. It is a book of exciting, provocative complexity, and, for me, it made the human creature feel like something new."
Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood and Pure Colour
“Acts of Service doesn’t kiss you first; it gets right to it―depicting the liquid frequencies of need and power with a thoughtful, savage eye.”
Raven Leilani, author of Luster
“Seamlessly written, sedate and subtle and so pleasurable, and quite enrapturing on a psychological level. This book opens space for a new kind of precision and intelligence that gives the amoral opulence of desire its rightful place.”
Niamh Campbell, author of This Happy and We Were Young
“A book of exquisite moral refinement and almost intimidating elegance.”
Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story and States of Desire
"Lillian Fishman is not just a brilliant writer―she’s a brilliant feeler, a great thinker. She has the gift we open books for.”
David Lipsky, author of The Art Fair
“With deep eroticism and stunning prose, Lillian Fishman explores sex and the self with delicious seriousness and sensuality. I didn't want it to end.”
Saskia Vogel, author of Permission
“This book asks us to consider what it might mean to truly honour our own desires; however messy they might be. I loved it.”
Keiran Goddard, author of Hourglass