'Very, very funny... she's the lovechild of Candace Bushnell and J. D. Salinger' Maggie O'Farrell, Independent on Sunday
Alicia Erian's deliciously grown-up debut may not be a book for nice girls, but it has a lot to teach us about the unruly nature of desire. A college-bound student plots to lose her virginity to a pizza waiter, a spelling champion spends her afternoons in the bath with the classroom bully and a newlywed finds herself strangely drawn to her husband's father. Bold, achingly funny and never less than heartfelt, these are stories about women who dare to grasp at experience in the knowledge that they may live to regret it. THE BRUTAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE announces the arrival of a true and highly original voice in American fiction.
Erian is a very gifted writer indeed... These addictively dark tales are very reminiscent of Milan Kundera's 1968 short story collection, Laughable Loves. Above all, they linger in the mind - The List
Very readable - The Big Issue
Extremely interesting... Erian's writing is bold, visceral, fierce and flamboyant - Yorkshire Evening Press
'A revelation. Rude, unusual and extremely funny - Ms London
Funny, provocative and sometimes plain rude, this is a book not to be missed - Wiltshire Times
Alicia Erian was born in New York to an Egyptian father and American mother. She has worked as a film director and screenwriter - her script WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN has attracted interest from Julia Roberts production company, amongst others. She has had a story published in Francis Ford Coppola's magazine Zoetrope, which he has optioned. Alicia has briefly worked in Ireland, and in London, where she worked for a month in the accounts department of Books Etc.