Since the death of her best friend Grace, twenty-six-year-old Eve has learned to keep everything and everyone at arm’s length. Safe in her detachment, she scrapes along waiting tables and cleaning her shared flat in exchange for cheap rent, finding solace in her small routines.
But when a chance encounter at work brings her past thundering into her present, Eve becomes consumed by painful memories of Grace. And soon her precariously maintained life begins to unravel; she loses her job, gets thrown out of her flat, and risks pushing away the one decent man who cares about her.
Taking up life-modelling to pay the bills, Eve lays bare her body but keeps hidden the mounting chaos inside her head. When her self-destructive urges spiral out of control, she’s forced to confront the traumatic event that changed the course of her life, and to finally face her grief and guilt.
Publication Date: April 14, 2022
"This isn't a book you read, but a book you step into. Chloë Ashby has created a mesmerising and energetic world of grief, art and self discovery. I loved Eve and spending time with her on every page." – Emma Gannon, author of Olive
"In this poised, heartfelt debut, Ashby paints a raw, richly-detailed portrait of untethered youth, friendship and suppressed grief." – Olivia Sudjic, author of Asylum Road
"An utterly absorbing story of art, friendship, love, and loss. Perfect for fans of Anna Hope's Expectation but very much its own tender, dark, funny, vivid thing." – Lydia Ruffles, author of The Taste of Blue Light
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Chloë Ashby is an author and journalist. Since graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, she has written about art and culture for publications such as the TLS, Guardian, FT Life & Arts, Spectator, Apollo and frieze.
Tags: Adult, Contemporary, Literary, Women's Fiction, Book club