Wet Paint : The achingly poignant and darkly funny reader favourite-9781398703001

Wet Paint : The achingly poignant and darkly funny reader favourite by Ashby, Chloe

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Author: Ashby, Chloe

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 13 April 2023 by Orion Publishing Co (Trapeze) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 336 pages
129 x 197 x 23 | 238g

'A blistering story' STYLIST | 'A distinctive voice' OBSERVER | 'A skilful, absorbing novel that is so much about seeing and being seen' SPECTATORSearingly incisive, darkly funny and achingly poignant, Wet Paint is a novel about attempting to navigate the world as a twenty-something woman, exploring the highs and lows of friendship, love and loss.

Since the death of her best friend Grace, twenty-six-year-old Eve has learned to keep everything and everyone at arm's length. Safe in her detachment, she scrapes along waiting tables and cleaning her shared flat in exchange for cheap rent, finding solace in her small routines.

But when a chance encounter at work brings her past thundering into her present, Eve becomes consumed by painful memories of Grace. And soon her precariously maintained life begins to unravel: she loses her job, gets thrown out of her flat, and risks pushing away the one decent man who cares about her.

Taking up life-modelling to pay the bills, Eve lays bare her body but keeps hidden the mounting chaos inside her head. When her self-destructive urges spiral out of control, she's forced to confront the traumatic event that changed the course of her life, and to finally face her grief and guilt.

Perfect for fans of Conversations with Friends, Luster and My Year of Rest and Relaxation.