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True Story: this genre-defying novel marks the arrival of a powerful new literary voice Paperback – 9 November 2021

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I literally cannot believe this book exists. A mind-blowing page-turning un-put-downable heartwarming empathetic formally inventive horror suspense thriller, with a life-affirming and timely feminist message? What? This would be an amazing fifteenth novel for a person to have written and it is Kate Reed Petty's first one. What an incredible talent! -- Elif Batuman

Kate Reed Petty is such a gifted writer that she can make even a college application essay feel utterly heartbreaking. And in True Story, she has given us a riveting and totally innovative novel about the power of lies to shape the truth, a book built like an elaborate jigsaw puzzle whose picture becomes thrillingly clear only after you've locked in the very last piece. -- Nathan Hill, author of ― The Nix

Brilliant - a darkly gripping enigma of a book. Petty boldly plays with genre and voice to tell the story of an assault and a rumour that shapes the trajectory of a woman's life. The result is a beautifully prismatic and profound meditation on victims and perpetrators, lies and truth, and above all the dangers and powers of storytelling and what it means to finally claim your voice. -- Mona Awad, author of ― Bunny

True Story is a spectacular first novel - innovative, convincing, daring, suspenseful, heart-warming, and altogether astonishing. Kate Reed Petty is a force. What a beautifully unified, richly imagined, and skilfully composed work of literary art. I hope it wins the prizes Petty deserves. -- Tim O'Brien, author of ― The Things They Carried

True Story is a superb novel, genuinely frightening, almost unbearably suspenseful and yet, with all that, wonderfully tender and compassionate towards its characters. The writing is exemplary: economical, elegant, searching, precise. It is almost impossible to believe that such a powerful and accomplished book is a first novel. But this isn't just a great first novel, it's an important book for the difficult and highly topical subjects it takes on, bravely and with the kind of care for truth that is all so rare in the current climate.

True Story is a brilliant achievement - original, powerful, and playful, flipping formats like a kaleidoscope whose fractals rearrange with each twist until the truth comes into final focus. But beyond its formal daring and assurance, it's a thoroughly engrossing read. I may have held my breath through the whole thing, and I will think about it for a long time. This is a shapeshifting, sneak attack of a novel that leaves a permanent imprint

My first book of 2020 is #truestory by @PettyKate and I loved it. Such a smart, powerful, ambitious book, very high concept and so effectively realised. Definitely one to look out for this summer

True Story is where our obsession with true-life crime meets page-turner.Stylist *BEST SUMMER READS FOR 2020*

One of the most creative novels I've read. It's hard to believe it's a debut: the writing is confident and assured and draws the reader in.Women's Way

Inventive and readable, it asks questions about truth and what defines us. ― Daily Mail

Plays constantly with genre while weaving an addictive, perfectly balanced tale about a high school lacrosse party that ends in an accusation of sexual assault . . .[T]he work that Kate Reed Petty's powerful and haunting debut most resembles is not another novel but Michaela Coel's incendiary TV series I May Destroy You. iNews

This debut novel about memory and truth is disturbing and thought-provoking.Sunday Express (S Mag)

A powerful and thought-provoking examination of how the manipulation of stories can shape whole lives. Guardian

Clever and inventive, this is a supremely accomplished debut about the nature of truth in a world littered with monsters both real and imagined. It's up to the reader to decide which is which ― Daily Express

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True Story is where our obsession with true-life crime meets page-turner. - Stylist *BEST SUMMER READS FOR 2020*

Inventive and readable, it asks questions about truth and what defines us. - Daily Mail

Plays constantly with genre while weaving an addictive, perfectly balanced tale about a high school lacrosse party that ends in an accusation of sexual assault . . .[T]he work that Kate Reed Petty's powerful and haunting debut most resembles is not another novel but Michaela Coel's incendiary TV series I May Destroy You. - iNews

This debut novel about memory and truth is disturbing and thought-provoking. - Sunday Express (S Mag)

A powerful and thought-provoking examination of how the manipulation of stories can shape whole lives. - Guardian

My first book of 2020 is #truestory by @PettyKate and I loved it. Such a smart, powerful, ambitious book, very high concept and so effectively realised. Definitely one to look out for this summer

One of the most creative novels I've read. It's hard to believe it's a debut: the writing is confident and assured and draws the reader in. - Women's Way

Clever and inventive, this is a supremely accomplished debut about the nature of truth in a world littered with monsters both real and imagined. It's up to the reader to decide which is which - Daily Express

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ riverrun; 1st edition (9 November 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1787478475
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1787478473
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
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