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  • Deliver Me

Verve Books

Deliver Me

by Elle Nash.

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  • Paperback published on 27/06/2024
  • Page count: 288 pages
  • ISBN: 9780857308610
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Quick take

In a Missouri meatpacking plant, Dee-Dee endures grueling work while pregnant after multiple miscarriages. Fleeing her Pentecostal past, she faces her mother's judgment and her boyfriend Daddy's quirks. When old friend Sloane reappears, Dee-Dee's resolve is tested. Determined, she clings to the hope that this baby will bring the love and completeness she craves. 

Why we love it

An unsettling story of motherhood, manipulation and murder, Deliver Me will appeal to fans of Boy Parts, Eileen and The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.


At a meatpacking facility in Missouri, Dee-Dee and her coworkers kill and butcher 40,000 chickens in a single shift. The work is repetitive and brutal, with each stab and cut a punishment to her hands and joints, but Dee-Dee's more concerned with what is happening inside her body. After a series of devastating miscarriages, Dee-Dee has found herself pregnant, and she is determined to carry this child to term.

Dee-Dee fled the Pentecostal church years ago, but judgment follows her in the form of regular calls from her mother, whose raspy voice urges her to quit living in sin and marry her boyfriend, Daddy, an underemployed ex-con with an insect fetish. With a child on the way, at long last Dee-Dee can bask in her mother and boyfriend's newfound attention. She will matter.

She will be loved. She will be complete. When her charismatic friend Sloane reappears after a twenty-year absence, feeding her insecurities and awakening suppressed desires, Dee-Dee fears she will go back to living in the shadows.

Neither another miscarriage nor Sloane's own pregnancy deters her: she must prepare for the baby's arrival.

About the author

Elle Nash is the author of the novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books), which was featured in O Magazine and hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.” Upon publication of her novel in the UK, she appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to present the work of under-represented voices with Amnesty International, and to speak about sex, death and feminism in literature.

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