The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley
The Loosening Skin is a sensuous, thought provoking meditation on love that deserves not only a second read, but a third as well. This book will cement Aliya Whiteley's reputation as one of the finest of a new generation of weird fiction writers. More, please.
– Helen Marshall, author of Gifts for the One WHo COmes After
Strange, confounding and satisfyingly original, Whiteley’s new novel is an exploration of relationships and the corrosive effect of time. A speculative enquiry into the meaning of freedom itself, The Loosening Skin will surprise and delight Whiteley’s existing readership and new fans equally. Above all, this is a book that will excite intense discussion.
– Nina Allan, author of The RIft and The Race.
Aliya Whiteley’s fiction simultaneously scintillates with ideas, skips back and forth across genre boundaries with an ease and audacity that is glorious to behold, and retains such a sense of immediacy and emotional integrity that her readers are drawn into her worlds body and soul. She has the enviable ability to explore Big Ideas in the most intimate of settings, and to create wholly original realities that leap instantly from the page. For me, she is very much at the forefront of the new wave of UK genre writers
– Mark Morris, author of Toady, Stitch and many more
When people shed their skin every seven years, it’s just a fact of life that we will cast off all the attachments of our old life. And when our loves are part of us, those memories of love can be bought, if you know the right people.
Introducing the new drug, Suscutin, that will prevent the moult. Now you can keep your skin forever. Now you never need to change who you are.
But it’s not so simple for celebrity bodyguard Rose Allington, who suffers from a rare disease. Her moults come quickly, changing everything about her life, who she is, who she loves.
Meanwhile, her former client, superstar actor Max Black, is hooked on Suscutin, because he knows moulting could lose him everything. When one of his skins is stolen, and the theft is an inside job, he needs the best who ever worked for him on the job - even if she’s not the same person.
The Loosening Skin peels away the layers of these stories, exploring our definitions of love, sex and friendship, and what it means to love.
Very occasionally, I’ll read a piece of writing that takes my breath away. It’s rare, but it does happen from time to time. The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley has found a place on this very select list. Whiteley’s work picks apart the nature of love in all its forms.
– The Eloquent Page
I would now cross a sea to buy [Whiteley’s] latest books and this latest novella of hers is another brilliant story. Once again, Whiteley writes a story I've loved and read in one sitting. She's a remarkable writer and this latest offering is a unique take on some of humanity's constant truths. It is beautiful, it is engrossing and it will remain with you for a long time. Read it!
– The Middle Shelf
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-907389-61-0
ePub ISBN: 978-1-907-389-62-7
Publication date: October 2018
Format: Paperback, ePub and mobi