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A Kind of Intimacy, Ashworth,  Jenn
A Kind of Intimacy
Jenn Ashworth

Paperback $29.99 - Arcadia Books
Fiction - Published: 25/May/2009 - ISBN: 9781906413064

Annie is morbidly obese, lonely and hopeful. She narrates her own increasingly bizarre attempts to ingratiate herself with her new neighbors, to learn from past mistakes and achieve a 'certain kind of intimacy' with the boy next door. Undeterred by her target's hostile girlfriend, she searches for guidance, obsessively studying self-help literature and romance novels. Though Annie struggles to repress a murky history of violence, secrets and sexual mishaps her past is never too far behind her, finally shattering her denial in a compelling a bloody climax. "A Kind of Intimacy" traces the dark possibilities of best intentions going awry and gives an unsettling glimpse into a clumsy young woman who has too much in common with the rest of us to be written off as a monster. Annie moves into her new home bringing little else but her cat and a collection of cow-shaped milk jugs. She's hoping for a clean slate, but there's something familiar about the next-door neighbor - she's convince she's seen him somewhere before.

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