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*An Observer Hottest-Tipped Debut Novelist of 2019 and Elle One To Watch*
‘A deeply necessary book, elegant and assured even as it burns at the centre with cool, clear-eyed rage’ Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
‘Kate Quaile,’ he said. ‘I like your name.’
Kate frowned. ‘How do you know my name?’
Throughout their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. For him, she breaks her solitude; for her, he leaves his busy circles behind. But loving Max means knowing his family, the wealthy Rippons, all generosity, social ease and quiet repression. Theirs is not Kate’s world. At their London home, just after graduation, her life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party goes on downstairs.
What Red Was explores the effects of trauma on mind and body, the tyrannies of memory, the sacrifices involved in staying silent, the courage of a young woman in speaking out. And when Kate does, this question: whose story is it now?
'I think this is the best debut fiction I've ever read… If you like David Nicholls, Tessa Hadley, Elizabeth Day, Meg Wolitzer, Donna Tartt…it's exceptional' Pandora Sykes The High Low
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Class, sexual assault and consequence collide in Rosie Price’s provocative debut. Much of the novel is an honest exploration of the problems of privilege as we follow the friendship of Max Rippon and Kate Quaile—two students from wildly different upbringings. But it is the London author’s prose detailing the human body where Price truly excels. The delicate subject of rape is unflinchingly described which makes for uncomfortable but necessary reading as Price forces us to question the significance of speaking out. With the poetic style of Donna Tartt, winding narrative of David Nicholls and urgency of a debut written amidst #MeToo, Price demonstrates she is a fresh voice shining a light on female trauma.
Two young adult friends uneasily navigate the aftermath of sexual assault in Price's searing debut. Kate Quaile meets Max Rippon during their first year of university in Gloucestershire, and the two bond over a shared love of film and quiet nights in. Kate's upbringing in council housing with her divorced mother, Alison, a recovering alcoholic, clashes with the wealth of Max's family, especially the old money of his grandmother's lavish country estate. Despite differences, Kate is welcomed by his family, including his mother, Zara, an acclaimed feminist film director, even if they do not fully understand Kate and Max's platonic friendship. During a summer party at the Rippons' London home, Max's churlish cousin Lewis rapes Kate. She hesitantly discloses her assault, first to Zara and then to Max, without naming her attacker. Zara insists on paying for therapy and providing her with contacts in the film industry for work while Max provides emotional support. As Kate begins her lurching recovery, Max deals with his grandmother's death and the family complications fed by their strong repression of uncomfortable emotions. Price has a sure hand in her depiction of the disruption that the trauma causes to Kate's life. This powerful novel handles its explosive plot with an admirable delicacy and offers an emotional portrait of friendship.