- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (13 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007202970
- ISBN-13: 978-0007202973
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Me and the Fat Man Paperback – 13 Nov 2009
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What is reality and what is truth, when your whole life has been shrouded in secrets? Julie Myerson's narrator in Me and the Fat Man, her third novel, is 27-year-old married woman who works as a waitress in a market town restaurant. Amy has never known much about her early childhood and her mother, who drowned when Amy was only seven years old. Her foster parents were grim and secretive. Bored by her work and depressed by her marriage to a computer salesman whom she doesn't love and whose dog dislikes her, she has fallen into a secret life as a prostitute more or less by accident. In between shifts at the restaurant, she sits in the Park for the Blind waiting for men to accost. Amy's deadpan cynicism-- masking an unpredictable passion--is jolted by the unexpected arrival in her life of a man claiming to be an old lover of her mother's.
He would like to spend some time with her and also wants her to meet his friend Gary. Amy hopes to confront some of the ghosts of the ghosts of her past but instead of making the past clearer, her involvement with him and Gary only leads to greater mystery and greater psychological--maybe actual-- dangers. Part mystery, part thriller, part eccentric romance, Myerson's novel draws one into a weird and disturbing world in which reality becomes less and less important and sex is both a source of empowerment and happiness and a potentially destructive instinct. Myerson writes brilliantly about sex in all its sensuous, farcical and cruel manifestations. In the end, her book is about finding love but the macabre journey her heroine takes to discover it steeps the reader in suspense and tragedy. --Emily Ormond --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
• ‘A beautifully written, powerfully felt novel about sex, love and innocence.’ Independent on Sunday
• ‘A warm, intimate novel, full of surprise’ Daily Telegraph
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Myerson has a good and original writing style, and some of her descriptions of Bath (though not always accurate) were stunning, likewise the few passages where she allowed herself to describe Eknos. She's good on the potency of memory as well. But apart from admiring her skill as a descriptive writer I wasn't drawn into this book at all. Myerson seemed to have no interest in her characters' motivation, or in rounding out their personalities. Amy was (even more than Tess in 'Something Might Happen') a strangely passive character - Myerson claims she writes about strong women, but the two examples of her work I've read so far have female protagonists who seem half asleep. Amy's only emotions seemed to be lust and a vague distaste for life and her husband.Read more ›
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Once started could not leave it alone wonderful story recommend to any one over 18. Orderd one day was in my home the nextPublished on 24 Oct. 2012 by foz
This is the second Julie Myerson I have read following on from "Something might happen" and I see certain similarities in the heroines... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2008 by Steve Cuss
This is appalling. I cannot express how poor it actually is without exposing myself up to a potential libel case.Utterly rotten & waste of time. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2004