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Billie Morgan

B+

”The absolute worst thing about this whole situation, the most horrific, repulsive thing, was that I knew I could deal with it. I was that person.” There isn’t much fortysomething British ex-biker chick/artist Billie Morgan doesn’t confront in this 280-page murder confession by Joolz Denby: a mother who punishes her for resembling the husband who abandoned them; men who want to seduce, abuse, and, most painfully, love her; a severed head (not from her own murder victim). Written in strong, steady prose, Billie is a movie-ready meditation — albeit an NC-17 one — on the weight of secrets, the extreme, out-of-left-field kind that give your jaw carpet burn when revealed.

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