Love Me Back

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September 28, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Last year, Tierce was included in the National Book Foundation’s list of ”5 Under 35” writers to watch, and it’s easy to see why: The stark, self-destructive voice of her debut is unforgettable. Written from the perspective of Marie, a single mom who got pregnant at 18, abandoned Yale for a waitressing job, and has made bad choices ever since, it’s a brutal tour of dehumanizing sex, cutting, and other reminders that ”some kinds of pain make fine antidotes to others.” The emotional impact wears off as Marie submits to self-harm again and again, without much insight to help us understand why. But as a hard look at a restaurant industry that runs on cocaine, empty hookups, managerial machismo, and servers’ low self-esteem, it’s gripping. B+

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