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These Violent Delights

By: Micah Nemerever
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
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An O Magazine LGBTQ Book that Is Changing the Literary Landscape in 2020

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The Secret History meets Lie with Me in Micah Nemerever's compulsively enjoyable debut novel - a feverishly taut Hitchcockian story about two college students, each with his own troubled past, whose escalating obsession with one another leads to an act of unspeakable violence.

When Paul enters university in early 1970s Pittsburgh, it’s with the hope of moving past the recent death of his father. Sensitive, insecure, and incomprehensible to his grieving family, Paul feels isolated and alone. When he meets the worldly Julian in his freshman ethics class, Paul is immediately drawn to his classmate’s effortless charm.

Paul sees Julian as his sole intellectual equal — an ally against the conventional world he finds so suffocating. Paul will stop at nothing to prove himself worthy of their friendship, because with Julian life is more invigorating than Paul could ever have imagined. But as charismatic as he can choose to be, Julian is also volatile and capriciously cruel, and Paul becomes increasingly afraid that he can never live up to what Julian expects of him.

As their friendship spirals into all-consuming intimacy, they each learn the lengths to which the other will go in order to stay together, their obsession ultimately hurtling them toward an act of irrevocable violence.

Unfolding with a propulsive ferocity, These Violent Delights is an exquisitely plotted excavation of the depths of human desire and the darkness it can bring forth in us.

©2020 Micah Nemerever (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
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Surprisingly Engaging

I downloaded this having read reviews that it was absolutely amazing and obnoxiously verbose... it's a little bit of both, but I can't ignore the fact that I made time every day to listen to it and finished it in a week (which is unusual for me). There were times I thought the main character was insufferable and so was the voice actor, but that was part of its charm. I had to remind myself that the characters were only 17 and the world IS so much more complex when you're that age and you take everything so much more seriously. Ahhh memories of youth. It did seem to end abruptly, but it was an interesting journey to go on.

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Excellently disturbing

The book was confronting from the beginning. It is superbly written and the performance was outstanding. I could tell this author was a master storyteller. It was so well thought through. The characters were expertly created. I dreaded the ending and it still shocked me. Well done and thank you for a riveting experience

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Incredible

Dark, melancholic, and tragically beautiful. Like a modern gothic horror romance, beautifully written and performed.

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Highly recommend

The story was gripping. Secret History mixed with Call me by your name.
The narrator perfectly encapsulates my idea of Paul.
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