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Product details

  • 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)

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Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

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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.

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• ‘A beautifully written, powerfully felt novel about sex, love and innocence.’ Independent on Sunday

• ‘A warm, intimate novel, full of surprise’ Daily Telegraph

• ‘A scintillating literary kiss’ Independent

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I am very surprised at other readers opionions of this book. Julie Myerson is, in my view, an author of exception - she writes beautifuly and her style is contempary in the true meaning. If u can cope with novels of truth and about human nature, and love an original book than read any of her novels.
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Myerson tackles some of her regular themes, including strange cravings and emotional detachment, in this rather creepy, very short novel. Amy is a young waitress, living in Bath with a husband she does not love. She is haunted by memories of her mother, who drowned off the coast of the Greek island Eknos when Amy was six, and of her horrible time in foster care. Her experiences have made her cold and distant, and her one real pleasure in life seems to be picking up men in a local park and offering them sexual services. Then one day she meets Harris, a strange man who claims to have known her mother, and Amy when she was small. Harris introduces her to his overweight, shy and sweet lodger Gary, and soon (for what reason we are never told) Amy and Gary are having an intense affair. This has unforeseen consequences, including a birth and a death that prompts Amy to return to Eknos and find out the truth about her mother's final months.

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.
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Looks like a Love it or Hate it book by reading the reviews. This book has taken an undue bashing! Read it, I could not wait to find out what the hell was going on!
Thumbs up from me.
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I read this book with growing disbelief and disappointment. Ms Myerson is a talented author, but here she loses the ability to develop a coherent and credible narrative, while the motives of her characters and the relationships between them remain a mystery. The ending is ludicrous. According to the publisher's blurb, Ms Myerson was born in 1906, which will surprise all those who have followed her career! Perhaps the whole book was a mistake.
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I'm afraid I didn't like this book, I purchased it because I usually love Julie Myerson's work but this just didn't hit the spot with me; in fact I didn't finish it. It had a depressing thread running through it but an obvious ending, sorry!
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