Skin

by E. M. Reapy

On Sale: 22/07/2019

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About the Book

Self-loathing and ill-at-ease with herself and her place in the world, through her encounters and experiences overseas Natalie metamorphoses into a more confident, assured individual.

This pertinent, timely, intelligent and incredibly compelling exploration of the relationship we have with our own bodies opens in Bali. Natalie, its protagonist, is uncomfortable in her own skin. Her most recent relationship is long since over and she's become disillusioned with her career as a teacher – adopting a tried-and-tested attempt at self-discovery, she packs her bags to go travelling. Natalie travels to Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Dublin, rural Ireland and the Netherlands to try and find her place, but her isolation abroad only heightens her sense of unease. Her journey is psychological as well as physical – she is obsessed with her shape, believing herself to be awkward and over-large, recoiling from relationships with men and eating compulsively as a self-destructive reaction to her issues with her weight. As the narrative unfolds, we gradually become aware of a crucial development in Natalie beginning to take place. This novel engages powerfully with issues that are important to women, and also to people in general, via an incredibly beguiling protagonist – she is intelligent and self-aware, sharp and acute, and able to see the comic side of her predicament. An intensely enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781789540956
  • ISBN 10: 178954095X
  • Imprint: Head of Zeus - GB
  • On Sale: 22/07/2019
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 32.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

Biography

Elizabeth Reapy is an Irish author and tutor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast and is currently a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Writer-In-Residence. Her debut novel, Red Dirt, won a Irish Book Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.


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