The Absolutes

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Mariner Books
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6.39 X 9.31 X 1.04 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Molly Dektar is also the author of The Ash Family. A graduate of Brooklyn College's MFA program, she is the recipient of the Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her fiction has been published in The Yale Review, n+1, Fence, Harvard Review, and The Sewanee Review. She lives in Queens.


"Molly Dektar can write like hell. [The Absolutes] is simply ravishing." -- Melissa Febos

"A gorgeous portrait of love, desire, treachery, and intellect. Dektar's language is sensual and rich with texture, especially in details of the snowy Turin mountainside and the humming streets of New York. Like an alchemist, Dektar balances ethereal moments of intimacy with very pedestrian images of daily life. Readers will be left thinking about this mysterious, dazzling love story long after closing the back cover." -- Booklist

"There is much to admire in the way Dektar delves headlong into this delayed adolescence....The Absolutes asks you to consider what matters more: the moment the stone is dropped into the pool or the ripples that spread across the surface long after the stone has sunk out of sight. Either answer could be right." -- Washington Post

"The Absolutes is fantastic, a dark, utterly absorbing novel about infatuation and power. It has an elegant, headlong intensity that captures its central affair with style and grace to spare." -- Andrew Martin, author of Early Work

"The Absolutes is a mesmerizing, deeply felt portrait of one woman testing the moral limits of intimacy and obsession. In continually stunning prose, Dektar brings to life a thrilling exploration of love and sexual desire." -- Lynn Steger Strong, author of Want and Flight

"A tremendous, discomfiting book charged with both the volatility and indelibility of desire. With vision, courage, and distinctive sorcery, Dektar plumbs richly layered worlds of feeling; the results left me rearranged."
-- Hermione Hoby, author of Virtue

"A thrilling novel about passion, obsession, and the unraveling of selfhood. Against a lush backdrop of Turin and New York, Molly Dektar skillfully tracks the path of yearning to its ultimate point of collapse. This is a dark, exciting, and wholly seductive work." -- Aysegül Savas, author of White on White

"Perfect for those who like a soupçon of Wittgenstein and a dollop of Meister Eckhart with their sadomasochism." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The Absolutes takes seriously the ferocity of youth, when no idea is too big, no desire too strong. In vivid prose and precise detail, Dektar evokes the dangerous magnetism that binds people together--and the even more perilous mysteries that keep them from breaking free." -- Clare Sestanovich, author of Objects of Desire