Acts of Desperation Audiobook, by Megan Nolan Play Audiobook Sample

Acts of Desperation Audiobook

Acts of Desperation Audiobook, by Megan Nolan Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Lauren Coe Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549185779

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Longest Chapter Length:

12:46 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

23 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

03:58 minutes

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Publisher Description

Heralding the arrival of “a huge literary talent” (Karl Ove Knausgaard), Megan Nolan’s riveting debut is “a blistering anti-romance” (Catherine Lacey) about love addiction and what it does to us.

Wouldn’t I do anything to reverse my loss, the absence of him?

In the first scene of this provocative gut-punch of a novel, our unnamed narrator meets a magnetic writer named Ciaran and falls, against her better judgment, completely in his power. After a brief, all-consuming romance he abruptly rejects her, sending her into a tailspin of jealous obsession and longing. If he ever comes back to her, she resolves to hang onto him and his love at all costs, even if it destroys her…


Part breathless confession, part lucid critique, Acts of Desperation renders a consciousness split between rebellion and submission, between escaping degradation and eroticizing it, between loving and being lovable. With unsettling, electric precision, Nolan dissects one of life’s most elusive mysteries: Why do we want what we want, and how do we want it?


Combining the intellectual excitement of Rachel Cusk with the emotional rawness of Elena Ferrante, Acts of Desperation interrogates the nature of desire, power, and toxic relationships, challenging us to reckon honestly with our own insatiability.

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“Nolan makes this novel of the thin line between romantic obsession and abuse so readable and relatable you’ll tear through it as if it’s a beach read.”

— Glamour 


  • “She tells the truth about obsession and drains it of all allure.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Nolan spins romantic obsession into literary gold.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “As true-seeming a document of toxic and manipulative love as any published within memory.”

    — New Republic
  • “Nolan’s portrait of a relationship warped by obsession and low self-worth excavates our private hearts.”

    — Evening Standard (London)


  • Longlisted for the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize
  • A Glamour Magazine Pick of the Month
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A 2021 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

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About Megan Nolan

Megan Nolan was named one of the London Observer’s Best Debut Novelists of 2021 for her novel Acts of Desperation, which was longlisted for the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize and was named a best book of the year by Time magazine and the Chicago Public Library. She was also shortlisted for the 2021 Chalotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award, the UK and Ireland’s most influential price for young writers. Her works have appeared in New York Times, the White Review, the Sunday Times, the Village Voice, the London Guardian, and in the literary anthology Winter Papers.