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Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

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A deep, powerful, intriguing and at times down right funny exploration of the horror of adolescence and of parents at two extremes of right and wrong. Patrick has shopped his father for a hit and run, and his brother can’t quite forgive him; Layla has rebelled against her’s, a strict preacher, and her sister Verna is struggling to keep on the straight and narrow. Their lives surprisingly intersect in this sharp and at times brutal book which should only be read by those prepared to hate most of the characters and revel in their fractured lives.

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Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

When Patrick Cusimano's alcoholic father kills a child in a hit-and-run, Patrick is faced with a terrible choice: turn his father in - destroying what's left of his family in the process - or keep quiet. But can Patrick's brother, Mike, live with the choice that was made that night? Layla Elshere was once a poster girl for purity. But when her evangelical father forces her to spearhead a campaign against her school, it compels her to question everything she's ever known. Now Layla is doing all she can to obliterate her past. Verna loves her older sister Layla, but as events begin to spiral, Verna must make the hardest choice: save the person she loves most in the world - or save herself. Save Yourself is a stunning novel about power struggles and divided loyalties, and the way in which one terrible decision can alter the whole course of your life.


'You'll find yourselves breathless, shaken, moved' --Megan Abbott

'Kelly Braffet is the real deal. Save Yourself is an electrifying thriller with honest-to-God people at its core' --Dennis Lehane

'Astonishing. Save Yourself goes deep into the hidden and shameful parts of grief, love, and anger, and the reader emerges shaken and grateful on the far end...Braffet is a writer in full command of her many, many talents' --Emma Straub

'The sweet spot where literary quality mingles freely with crackerjack storytelling... Braffet expertly captures the suffocating confines of small-town life and the desperation of its outliers, with prose that simmers and thrums'

'Braffet uses graceful prose, astute dialogue and vivid characters to carry the plot to an unexpected and believable finale --Publishers Weekly Perceptive, nervy, with broad cross-genre appeal' -- Booklist

About the Author

Kelly Braffet was born in Long Beach, California, in 1976, and has lived in Arizona, rural Pennsylvania and Oxford, England. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, and has taught novel writing at the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, the writer Owen King.

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7th August 2014


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Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books


320 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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