Thursday, 27 April 2017

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

"Considering one's life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn't it?"

There are times when a gritty exploration of a difficult romantic relationship full of alcohol, insults and vomit might be an intriguing idea. Digesting this little tale in between deadlines probably wasn't the best way to get an easy night's sleep. Ignore me,though, it is expertly rendered, if not difficult to read. 

Could this be the reason I had two days alcohol free ?- no that was budget related. Mind you if I had the protagonist's penchant for vomit, then perhaps I would refrain more often.
First love is an insightful and detailed exploration of an unhappy relationship delivered in a concise package and has been shortlisted for this year's Bailey's prize for fiction.
Do not expect an upbeat romantic comedy and you will be entertained by its incisiveness. Impressively crafted and certainly an author to watch.

5 out of 5 time painful relationships are better on the page than reality.

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