Merritt Tierce, a National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' honoree, was born and raised in Texas, and graduated from college at the age of 19. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was named a Meta Rosenberg Fellow. In 2011 she was a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Merritt lives near Dallas with her husband and children.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the fierce lineage of Alissa Nutting's TAMPA amd Katherine Faw Morris' YOUNG GOD, this harrowing tale of systematic female self-destruction proves both hypnotic and frightening. Marie, a Dallas waitress at an upmarket steakhouse, is also a single mother, hooked on drugs and bad sex behind the glittering facade of her practiced professional smile and crisp white apron. A ferocious chronicle of a journey to the end of the night, the novel also manages in its own twisted way to be a tale of self-redemption and realization made all the more fascinating by its heroine's detached view of herself as a character out of reach and understanding as she throws herself recklessly into the arms of the wrong men and the consolations of booze and drugs. Gritty, a refreshing eye-opener about the behind the scenes of the service industry and forms of female masochism, a difficult but courageous book that no male writer I could think of would have had the guts to write with such revelatory honesty.
Marie is a waitress at an upscale Dallas steakhouse, attuned to the appetites of her patrons and gifted at hiding her private struggle as a young single mother behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. It's a world of long hours and late nights, and Marie often gives in to self-destructive impulses, losing herself in a tangle of bodies and urgent highs as her desire for obliteration competes with a stubborn will to survive. Pulsing with a fierce and feral energy, Love Me Back is an unapologetic portrait of a woman cutting a precarious path through early adulthood and the herald of a powerful new voice in American fiction.