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The Boyfriend

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349726311

Price: £12.99

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Winner of the Adam Foundation Prize

Erica is 17 and in her last year of high school. Donny is 42 and everywhere – in her yoga class, at German Club, in her parents’ spare room . . .

The story of a young woman who finds herself subject to the gravitational field of a charismatic man, The Boyfriend is a cautionary tale about blindly accepting traditional ‘love’ narratives.

This clear-eyed, dismaying and often hilarious examination of sexual desire, trauma and growth is a remarkable debut and a perfect novel for our time.

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This wonderful debut is undeniably relatable to all . . . A cautionary tale, but also a remarkable expression of sexual desire and the human capacity for healing and growth. An insightful novel
Darkly funny and frequently uncomfortable, Southgate's debut novel tracks the "relationship" between teenager Erica and fortysomething Donny
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