Freight Books Freight Books

Released Spring 2017
Format: Paperback, B Format, 198 x 129mm, 208pp

ISBN Code: 978-1-911332-23-7
Amy Burns

Amy Burns is a writer, editor and teacher from Alabama, now living in Texas. She studied at the University of Alabama before completing a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

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Leaving is My Colour

by Amy Burns


‘I hadn’t spoken to Mother in years. Not since she tried to poison my father with lawn fertilizer. She thought he was sleeping with another woman. Because he didn’t die, he was able to explain to her that he was actually sleeping with another man.’

Set in the Southern US, this is a funny, smart, sassy and deeply moving account of a young woman’s disintegration and redemption.

After her family becomes unexpectedly wealthy, Rachel, a witty, intelligent young woman, succumbs to drink, drugs and OCD, falling in and out of rehab and dysfunctional relationships.

Leaving is My Colour follows her often hilarious, always bittersweet, attempts to make it back from the brink and reconnect with those she loves. A brilliant and unforgettable new voice.

Praise for Leaving is My Colour

‘Very funny, fizzing with one-liners and sparkling with a febrile wit.’ Daily Mail

‘There’s nothing romantic about this darkly witty road trip through the bumpy highway of a young woman’s mind. Instead, its about the anti-romance of reconciling life and love, finding your place in an imperfect family, and the way our flaws are exposed and exploited by the people closest to us… If… you want a  book that is as honest, fractured and occasionally as hilarious as life itself, Leaving is My Colour will look good on you.’ List

‘Relentless, delicious mischief spills from this family’s eye-popping dysfunction. Whipsmart and wickedly witty – as Rachel careens towards rock-bottom, no-one who tries to get near her stands a chance.’ Kate Tough, author of Head for the Edge, Keeping Walking