Losing Clementine: A Novel (Paperback)
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"[Losing Clementine] is poignant and insightful and also surprisingly funny, thanks to its nasty, charming narrator." —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
A smart, sharp and moving debut—by turns hilarious and tragic— Losing Clementine follows a famous artist as she gives herself one month to get her messy affairs in order before turning out the lights on her own life.
World-renowned artist and sharp-tongued wit Clementine Pritchard is done. Years of therapy and medication have gifted her with little more than sweaty palms and gastric upset. Now, after flushing away a cabinet full of prescriptions, she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends (finish one final painting, make nice with her ex-husband, find a home for her cat) and enjoy one last month of art-world parties, road trips and outrageous acts.
What Clementine doesn't expect is to uncover secrets surrounding the decades-old tragedy that befell her mother and sister. With the date of her carefully planned demise fast approaching, can she dive back into the messy business of family and life? Does she want to?
“[LOSING CLEMENTINE] is poignant and insightful and also surprisingly funny, thanks to its nasty, charming narrator.”
— Gillian Flynn, New York Times-bestselling author of Gone Girl
“A breezy, self-deprecating voice that makes for good company...clever dialogue...It’s tempting to consider [LOSING CLEMENTINE] a Left Coast update of “Bright Lights, Big City” ...although Ream’s Clementine stares down a fate far more dire than that faced by Jay McInerney’s magazine fact-checker.”
— Kansas City Star
“This is a novel that allows us to experience how exciting life is, and how fast time can fly, once you truly free yourself to live it.”
— Bust Magazine
“An entertaining and moody whirlwind. Whether readers love or hate Clementine, they won’t soon forget her.”
— Publishers Weekly
“An unexpectedly fresh and humorous voice. Fans of dark comedy should add Ream to their list of authors to watch.”
— Library Journal
“With her razor wit and over-it-all candor, Clementine makes for a fascinating companion, and Ream manages to craft an engaging and impressive debut without soft-pedaling how very sick Clementine is . . . A hip and hilarious portrait of a crazy person.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“It’s hard not to fall in love with Clementine Pritchard--she’s talented, witty, inventive and suicidal. You won’t want this story to end as you root for the wonderfully lawless and impulsive Clementine.”
— Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home