A Very Nice Girl by Crimp, Imogen
Imogen Crimp

A Very Nice Girl -- Imogen Crimp

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"Imogen Crimp's enjoyable debut novel... is an all-too-real reminder of what it is to be a woman in your 20s..." - The New York Times

Tender, devastating, witty. And deeply true. Sweetbitter meets Normal People."--Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss

A bitingly honest, darkly funny debut about ambition, sex, power, and love, Imogen Crimp's A Very Nice Girl cracks open the timeless questions of what it is to be young, what it is to want to be wanted, and what it is to find your calling but lose your way to it.

Anna doesn't fit in. Not with her wealthy classmates at the selective London Conservatory where she unexpectedly wins a place after university, not with the family she left behind, and definitely not with Max, a man she meets in the bar where she sings for cash. He's everything she's not--rich, tailored to precision, impossible to read--and before long Anna is hooked, desperate to hold his attention, and determined to ignore the warning signs that this might be a toxic relationship.

As Anna shuttles from grueling rehearsals to brutal auditions, she finds herself torn between two conflicting desires: the drive to nurture her fledgling singing career, which requires her undivided attention, and the longing for human connection. When the stakes increase, and the roles she's playing--both on stage and off--begin to feel all-consuming, Anna must reckon with the fact that, in carefully performing what's expected of her as a woman, she risks losing sight of herself completely.

Both exceedingly contemporary and classic, A Very Nice Girl reminds us that even once we have taken possession of our destinies we still have the power to set all we hold dear on fire.

Author: Imogen Crimp
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Published: 02/08/2022
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 9.40h x 6.10w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781250792778

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 09/01/2021 pg. 13
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 01/03/2022
Booklist 02/01/2022 pg. 20

About the Author
Imogen Crimp studied English at Cambridge, followed by an MA in contemporary literature from University College London, where she specialized in female modernist writers. After university, she briefly studied singing at a London conservatoire. She was born in 1989 and lives in London. A Very Nice Girl is her debut novel.