Love Me Tender Book (Paperback) Constance Debre

Love Me Tender Book (Paperback)

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RELEASE DATE - 9 NOVEMBER 2023

When Constance told her ex-husband that she was dating women, he made a string of unfounded accusations that separated her from her young son, Paul. Laurent trained Paul to say he no longer wants to see his mother, and the judge believed him.

She approaches this new life with passionate intensity and the desire for an unencumbered existence, certain that no love can last. Apart from cigarettes, two regular lovers and women she has brief affairs with, Constance's approach is monastic and military - she swims daily, reads, writes, and returns to small or borrowed rooms for the night.

A starkly beautiful account of impossible sacrifices asked from mothers, Love Me Tender is a bold novel of defiance, freedom and self-knowledge.

"Committed to truth-telling, no matter how rough, but also intriguingly suspended in a cloud of unknowing and pain, Love Me Tender is a wry, original, agonising book destined to become a classic of its kind."
Maggie Nelson

"A deadpan, tensile thread of a voice: calm, Camusian, comic, stark, relentless, and totally hypnotic."
Rachel Kushner

"Exhilarating."
Eileen Myles, author of Afterglow

"In cruel, brilliant sentences that tighten around the truth like teeth, a fierce character emerges; a new kind of rebel in a queer masterpiece."
Holly Pester, author of Comic Timing

"Love Me Tender is a spitting, snarling tour de force of fuck-you feminist defiance. Pulling us straight from the tender moments of a mother meeting her estranged child, right into a whirlwind of lesbian pick-ups, Parisian apartment-hopping and chain smoking, Debré's novel is a stark reminder of society's suspicion towards women - particularly mothers -who resist easy definition. Wry, bold and confronting, Love Me Tender insists on a woman's right to define herself, to choose her own life."
Imogen Crimp, author of A Very Nice Girl


Author Constance Debre
Format Hardback
Pages 176
ISBN 9781800814844

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