Acts of Desperation: Bracing, poignant and devastatingly accurate

Book review: Megan Nolan’s ‘raw’ debut novel of a young woman’s awakening

Born in Waterford in 1990, Megan Nolan is an arts writer who now lives in London.

Born in Waterford in 1990, Megan Nolan is an arts writer who now lives in London.

“You could tell these nights before they had started usually, some air of mischief in the room when we began to drink. We threw back the first drinks, greedily anticipating the coming looseness and hysteria. There were things we had expected to have by now that we did not have.”

On the precipice of an adult world she’s not sure she wants to join, the unnamed protagonist of Megan Nolan’s debut novel Acts of Desperation exists in a kind of semi-state of inebriation and debauchery that is magnificently, at times excruciatingly, depicted by an author whose mission seems to be to tell it like it is.

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