About the Book

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

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Reviews

"There are books we like well enough to recommend, but there are a very few—To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch-22, The Things They Carried—that we remember forever. To my own shortlist I can now add My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent. Fourteen-year-old Turtle Alveston is a brilliantly rendered creation, and her father is the most terrifyingly believable human monster to inhabit the pages of a novel since Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter. This book is ugly, beautiful, horrifying, and uplifting." —Stephen King

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8/29/2017 Elliott Bay Book Co.
7:00 PM
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8/30/2017, Green Apple Books on the Park
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 8/31/2017 Gallery Bookshop
6:00 PM
319 Kasten St., Mendocino, CA 95460

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 9/13/2017 Changing Hands Book Store
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 9/14/2017 Collected Works Bookstore
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 9/16/2017 Politics & Prose Bookstore
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9/18/2017 Print: A Bookstore
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9/19/2017 Books Are Magic
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9/21/2017 Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
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9/22/2017 Watermark Books & Cafe Lincoln Heights Shopping Center
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9/25/2017 Boulder Book Store
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9/27/2017 Tattered Cover
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