Longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction
Pearl can be very, very good. More often she is very, very bad. But she's just a child, a mystery to all who know her. A little girl who has her own secret reasons for escaping to the nearby woods. What might those reasons be? And how can she feel so at home in the dark, sinister, sensual woods, a wonder of secrets and mystery?
Told in vignettes across Pearl's childhood years, Reasons She Goes To The Woods is a nervy but lyrical novel about a normal girl growing up, doing the normal things little girls do.
'Raw, lyrical, sad, this haunting story packs a deceivingly strong punch.'
‘Pearl is a marvellously contradictory creation, showing the cruelty in children as well as their neediness, their capacity for love and friendship... Davies's novel reads almost like a prose poem'
‘Dark, beautifully descriptive and rather haunting'
‘Exquisite… to be marvelled at.'
‘Outstanding… With black humour and heartrending accuracy. Davies is a poet, and this is a poet's novel in the very best sense — every word is pin-sharp and perfectly in its place'
‘Best for highbrow sun lounging… told with a gothic, sensual style that Angela Carter would be proud of'
‘A poetic and strange novel, full of flair'
‘A sexy, contrary book… also a story concerned with morality. The most sustained and challenging aspect of the narrative is its insistence about what a little girl is like'
‘A spiky echo of Angela Carter, with whom Ms Davies at her best stands fair comparison… The language is fresh, the imagery striking… and Pearl herself is a rampant, compelling, fully-realised, wild-eyed, teary creation.'
‘A rounded, complex portrait of growing-up that has an atmosphere all of its own'
Praise for True Things About Me
‘In this wallop of a little novel . . . Ms. Davies writes with such spunk that you stay with her for much of the ride' New York Times
‘Brutal, funny . . . One of those rare novels that is genuinely about sex, in all its irrationality and potential for self-destruction' Lionel Shriver