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True Story

(2020)
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Inventive, electrifying and daring, True Story is a novel like nothing you've ever read before.

*One of Entertainment Weekly's top five reads of the summer*

'A mind-blowing page-turning un-put-downable heartwarming empathetic formally inventive horror suspense thriller, with a life-affirming and timely feminist message' Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

'This debut novel unfolds like a mystery, flitting between genres to weave an inventive tale'Buzzfeed (29 Summer books you wont be able to put down)

After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they'll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick - a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by - will never forget.

That's just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self-portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other - some real, some invented - until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed.

Startlingly relevant and enthralling in its brilliance, True Story is by turns a campus novel, psychological thriller, horror story and crime noir, each narrative frame stripping away the fictions we tell about women, men and the very nature of truth. It introduces Kate Reed Petty as a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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." - Lauren Acampora

"Brilliant—a darkly gripping enigma of a book. Petty boldly plays with genre and voice to tell the story of an assault and a rumor 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

"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

"I loved it. Such a smart, powerful, ambitious book, very high concept and so effectively realised. Definitely one to look out for this summer." - Daisy Buchanan

"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

"True Story is a spectacular first novel—innovative, convincing, daring, suspenseful, heart-wrenching, and altogether astonishing. Kate Reed Petty is a force. What a beautifully unified, richly imagined, and skillfully composed work of literary art. I hope it wins the prizes Petty deserves." - Tim O'Brien


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August 2020 : Hardback
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Title: True Story
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
ISBN: 1-984877-68-2 / 978-1-984877-68-0
Publisher: Viking
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June 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: True Story: this genre-defying novel marks the arrival of a powerful new literary voice
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
ISBN: 1-78747-844-0 / 978-1-78747-844-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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August 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: True Story: this genre-defying novel marks the arrival of a powerful new literary voice
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
ISBN: 1-78747-847-5 / 978-1-78747-847-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Story: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
ISBN: 0-593-28611-1 / 978-0-593-28611-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: True Story: this genre-defying novel marks the arrival of a powerful new literary voice
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
ISBN: 1-78747-845-9 / 978-1-78747-845-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Story: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
ISBN: 0-593-29641-9 / 978-0-593-29641-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: True Story
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
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August 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: True Story
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: riverrun
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: True Story
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: riverrun
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: True Story: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: True Story: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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August 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: True Story: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: Viking
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August 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: True Story: this genre-defying novel marks the arrival of a powerful new literary voice
Author(s): Kate Reed Petty
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU