Tell Me What I Am

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Deena Garvey disappeared in 2004. She left behind a daughter and a sister. Deena’s daughter grows up in the country. She learns how to hunt, when to seed the garden, how to avoid making her father angry. Never to ask about her absent mother. Deena’s sister stays stuck in the city, getting desperate. She knows the man responsible for her sister’s disappearance, but she can’t prove it. Not yet. Over fourteen years, four hundred miles apart, these two women slowly begin to unearth the secrets and lies at the heart of their family, and the history of power and control that has shaped them both.

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FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER

Please don’t hang up. I don’t know if you remember. You used to live with me. You and your mother.

Ruby lives with her father in an old farmhouse at the end of a dirt road. He teaches her to hunt, to forage for mushrooms, to gut a fish. She learns to tiptoe around his temper – and never to ask about her absent mother.

Ruby has no idea that, hundreds of miles away, a woman she barely remembers is desperate to answer those same questions.

Captivating, tender and deeply moving, Tell Me What I Am is an unforgettable portrait of the indelible bonds of family – and how far we will go for the ones we love.

‘Beautiful, haunting.’ LOUISE KENNEDY
‘Vividly real . . . There’s love here as well as pain.’ MARIAN KEYES
‘A sure-footed and emotionally complex novel . . . absorbing.’ IRISH TIMES
‘An engrossing, deftly-told story with an aching secret at its heart, this is a profoundly moving novel of family and women standing strong together.’ LISA BALLANTYNE
‘Sharp, poignant, thrilling and moving.’ CHRIS WHITAKER
‘Compelling . . . Mannion writes with a lyrical economy that stands out, and always shows a deep empathy for her well-drawn characters.’ IRISH EXAMINER
‘A wrenching portrait of the umbilical bond between mother and child and, more powerfully still, an icily persuasive account of the subtle dark arts of male coercion and abuse.’ DAILY MAIL

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

‘A brilliantly told story, engrossing, with love, pain, heartbreak and darkness. The characterisation was excellent and the plot was moving and gently woven.’ 5* reader review
‘I raced through… Well-written, incredibly tense and chilling in parts.’ 5* reader review
‘A book to savour and appreciate as well as enjoy.’ 5* reader review
‘This is such a powerful story of love and family. It kept me awake desperate to find out what had happened to affect them all so badly.’ 5* reader review
‘This is a beautifully written novel with powerfully drawn characters.’ 5* reader review

Additional information

Weight 276 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

324

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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