Love Me Back

  • by Merritt Tierce
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From "5 Under 35" honoree and Rona Jaffe Award-winner Merritt Tierce comes an urgent, intensely visceral debut novel about a young waitress whose downward spiral is narrated in electric prose.
Marie, a young single mother, lands a job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the appetites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash, and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses. She loses herself in a tangle of bodies and the kind of coke that "napalms your emotional synapses". But obliteration - not pleasure - is her goal. Pulsing with fierce, almost feral energy, Love Me Back is an unapologetic portrait of a woman cutting a precarious path through early adulthood. In the words of Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, "Tierce roams like an avenging angel across the landscape of 21st century American decadence, and the truths she writes achieve a state of near-sacred subversion."


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If you could sum up Love Me Back in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, great writing, great narrator, disturbing.

What other book might you compare Love Me Back to and why?

I can't think of one.

Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too powerful. I had to take it in smaller doses.

Any additional comments?

I can't praise the narrator enough.

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- patrick hayes

Don't love this book

I really am rather confused as to what any aspect of this book was about other than promiscuity, serving and incessant drug use. There was really no plot and any feelings you feel for the main character you quickly lose because there's just really no coming back for her nor is there a reason for the things she does. This crappy review might be more descriptive than the book itself.
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- Meredith R. Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books