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Bad Fruit: The unforgettable, gripping and highly acclaimed new crime thriller debut novel from a hot literary fiction voice of 2023

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Her mother exerts an unhealthy amount of control over Lily, even forcing her to wear make-up and dye her hair black to look more like her, more Chinese: 'Despite everything Mama has done to bring out the Chinese in me, I remain resolutely myself, her whitest child. King strips bare the complexities of both this relationship and toxic families with such realism that it could be hard to read. Often feared for their carbs, bananas are an inexpensive fruit that's available year-round and highly versatile.

Oranges are famously known as the go-to source of vitamin C, and rightfully so, since a medium orange (about 5. She goes out of her way to please mama, including wearing yellow foundation to make her look more Asian and dying her hair black and preparing mama’s spoiled orange juice (yuk) although Lily has to taste it first (double yuk). The dysfunctional (and abusive) relationship between Lily and her mother is the focus, but the rest of her family doesn’t fare well either. Just graduated from high school and waiting to start college at Oxford, Lily lives under the scrutiny of her volatile Singaporean mother, May, and is unable to find kinship with her elusive British father, Charlie.Mesmerizing, dream-like and darkly suspenseful, Bad Fruit captures the damaging love and loyalty that children can bear towards abusive parents who are suffering from and passing on their complex trauma.

Bad Fruit heralds a seriously impressive new talent in Ella King’ CHRIS WHITAKER ‘Masterful in its evocation of the complexity of mother-daughter relationships . Known as the "king of fruits" and cultivated and enjoyed worldwide, mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, folate and fiber. Everyone is thrown into confusion, no one knows whether to look at her or not, to stop talking or continue. This book will resonate with me for some time and I am so grateful to Emma Pickard at Harper Fiction for the opportunity to read this and provide my personal thoughts.The author captured the essence of a toxic person so vividly in her that I would shiver every time she came onto the page and felt every bit of Lily’s apprehension and fear. With shades of Mommy Dearest, the hangers stay in the closet, but words and manipulation are wielded to maximum effect with disturbing results. May is especially captivating: a veritable tyrant who’s also full of sympathetic, deeply human insecurities. I wanted to understand what was going on here and why Lily’s mother behaved in the way she did towards her daughter. In the meantime she is caught between her warring parents, well, her mother Mae is certainly at war.

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