Love Me Back, by Merritt TierceRead about another book on the list.
In homage to Hannah’s defection to Iowa City, pick up this masterful portrait of self-destruction by an alum of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Tierce tracks the dead-end journey of a deeply damaged waitress through brutally misogynistic hookups, routine acts of self-harm, and a string of restaurant jobs. Love Me Back can be as difficult to read as Hannah acting on her worst impulses is to watch.
Love Me Back is among Morgan Ribera's eleven best debut novels and story collections of 2014.