By Louise Doughty
Longlisted for the Orange Prize and Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, Louise Doughty’s hauntingly appealing research of affection, loss, and revenge is a literary page-turner that would linger on your brain a long way after the canopy closes. whilst a hit-and-run vehicle crash claims Laura’s daughter Betty, her lifestyles is became the wrong way up. but if the courts rule the dying an twist of fate, the strains dividing justice from punishment will blur as Laura embarks on her personal quest for vengeance. certain to captivate lovers of Antoinette van Heugten and Sophie Hannah, in addition to readers of Doughty’s past books Fires at midnight and A Novel in a Year, between others, Whatever you're keen on is a poignant mental tale during which life’s maximum questions dangle within the stability.
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We made it our business to be intellectually superior to the other thirteen-year-old girls. We made suicide pacts and walked around carrying library books with titles such as Teach Yourself Swahili. We lay on her bed and ate KitKats and said we were Nihilists. I went through a phase of copying out verses from the Book of Job. I pinned them to the front of my cupboard in the common room, so that the other girls could see. It pleased me to excite their bafflement. One thing I feared, and it befell, and what I dreaded came to me.
She leans towards me. ’ I rise from my chair, and have the sensation that I keep on rising, up and up above what is happening to me, soaring through the air, high above the hospital. Even as we turn to leave the office, as I step forward, all bodily feeling has left me and it is as if I am floating above myself. I cannot feel the linoleum beneath my feet yet I have the sensation it is spongy. The metal door handle is not cold and hard as it should be, but soft, air. As we walk down the corridor, I have the distinct impression that my new weightlessness extends to my hair and that it must be floating around my head – how else to explain the exposure of my scalp?
Her audience consisted of eleven people, I counted, scattered over a dozen rows of straight-backed wooden chairs, including Jenny’s mother and me. Jenny sat at the piano, marooned on a wide stage that was framed in its turn by sagging velvet curtains. The Town Hall was little used and the air heavy with dust. She began her first piece, the minuet. ). She played the first line and a half beautifully. As she approached the repeat, I dug my fingernails into the palm of my hand. ‘I’m really worried about the repeat,’ she had told me.
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty