These Violent Delights


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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Micah Nemerever studied art history and queer theory at the University of Connecticut, where he wrote his MA thesis on gender anxiety in the art of the Weimar Republic. He is a prolific home chef and an avid amateur historian of queer cinema. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


"These Violent Delights is a captivating portrait of alienation and loneliness with the cool gaze of a Highsmith novel. Punctuated by arpeggios of violence and rage, Micah Nemerever has crafted a thrilling page-turner anchored in an examination of desire, love, and moral inquiry."--Patrick Cottrell, author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
"Nemerever's debut tackles obsession, destruction, sex, and the intersection of all three.... Nemerever's prose is haunting and beautiful, powerful, and twisted... it will keep you up at night, turning page after page."--Jen St. Jude, Chicago Review of Books
Intense and beautiful.--Crime Reads
"An impressive, ambitious debut that raises the right questions about what we talk about when we talk about love between men... Nemerever's novel does difficult, critical work in confronting the ritualized violence that so often characterizes male relationships."--Mel Magazine
"Nemerever has done something extraordinary in his debut novel. He's mixed eloquent and vivid writing with psychological depth and an addictive plot.... Akin to Bronte's Wuthering Heights... the intensity of Paul and Julian's climatic moment at the novel's end [is] a moment worthy of Emily Bronte herself."--Mikey Byrd, Lambda Literary
"Visceral, intimate, and all-consuming, this gutsy debut is both intellectual and fiercely animal. A chilling exploration into desire and infatuation that questions how well we ever really know our lovers--or ourselves. Nemerever's propulsive, crystalline language and gutting insights make the pages fly by, hurtling you toward the inevitable, astounding ending."--Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild
"It's only a matter of time before things start to explode in this enthralling, unpredictable thriller."--Patrick Rapa, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Readers who need some thrill in their life will find this page-turner very binge-able. Micah Nemerever showcases a lot of skills on the pages, but it is the intricate plotting that propels this novel forward."--Adam Vitcavage, Electric Lit
"[An]intense and beautiful thriller."--Literary Hub
"A gorgeous and wickedly smart novel. I was so seduced by the dazzling love story of these two vulnerable young men I became an unwitting accomplice in their swerve toward violence. Nemerever has created a rich, engrossing, and morally complex book filled with dark truths and dangerous delights."--Christopher Bollen, author of A Beautiful Crime
"[A] dark, inspired debut.... Fans of Patricia Highsmith will definitely want to take note of this promising writer."--Publishers Weekly
"Nemerever does a crafty job of slowly ratcheting up the tension.... A clever novel of manners."--New York Times
"Few novelists make an impression as quickly and effectively as Micah Nemerever does in his stirring debut, an explosively erotic and erudite thriller. Kicking off with an electrifying prologue... readers will keep turning pages in desperate pursuit of the tension-breaking relief that can only come from seeing the story to its conclusion."--Stephenie Harrison, BookPage
A startling debut by a heady talent.--Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
As unsettling as it is enthralling, These Violent Delights will engulf you: first in the intoxication of obsession, then in its toxic consequences. Micah Nemerever's debut is a beautiful portrait of intimacy, desperation, and the damage that damaged hearts can cause. It shattered me.--Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire and Mother Daughter Widow Wife
Nemerever's darkly shrewd debut exists in that hazy liminal space between desire and obsession, where the vagaries of a relationship come shaded with the constant threat of cruelty.--Michelle Hart, O
"These Violent Delights is an utterly captivating fever dream of a novel whose tone and atmosphere will haunt you long after you finish. More haunting still is the skill with which Micah Nemerever reveals to us the lengths we will go to in order to be known, to be seen, to be understood. A thrilling first novel."--Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life
"Nemerever's ability to precisely dissect... complex states of mind makes him an author worth watching." --Passport Magazine