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Don't You Know I Love You

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The last place Angelina Moltisanti ever wants to go is home. She barely escaped life under the roof, and the thumb, of her violent but charismatic father, Jack. Yet home is exactly where she ends up after an SUV plows into her car just weeks after she graduates from college, fracturing her wrist and her hopes to start a career as an artist.

Angelina finds herself smothered
Published March 10th 2020 by Dzanc Books
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Krystelle Zuanic
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an extraordinarily well-written family drama, with all the insidious carryings of the cycle of abuse married with a coming-of age-story that results in the reader feeling physically exhausted by the weight of it. The story follows a young art school graduate who ends up in a car crash which obliterates any chance that she had for independence, and so she travels back home. Through this, we learn that her father is almost certainly a narcissistic abuser and her mother his enabler, who nev ...more
Judi Pfancuff
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this because I saw the author’s comment on Twitter that she was bummed her book coming out during the pandemic. I had no idea what it was about. I didn’t read the blurbs. Just ordered it on Amazon and dive in the day it arrived.

I found the subject matter challenging, but handled with a surprising amount of skill by such a young author. The characters and the story rang true to an almost painful degree. Angelina and her father both deserve our compassion, which is only clear because of
Heather Young
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A deeply compassionate look at the long shadow of childhood abuse that frames both the abused and, surprisingly, the abuser as complex, flawed, and damaged human beings. The story is firmly centered on Angelina, a young woman forced to return to her childhood home and the father whose years of physical and mental abuse have left her almost irreparably damaged. Yet while the narrative offers no forgiveness for the deeds of the father, it gives us a clear-eyed understanding of what drives his rage ...more
Margo Littell
The trauma at the heart of Don’t You Know I Love you manifests in every aspect of Angelina’s life. Her arm breaks in a car accident, forcing her to return to her parents’ house. Old wounds from her father’s physical abuse, never fully healed, reopen when it’s clear his love for her is as twisted as it ever was. Her capacity to love is continually challenged as her father’s anger and impulsiveness rise to the surface against her will. Her relationship with fellow artist Janet crumbles under the w ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skillfully written story of the patterns violence leaves in one young woman’s art and life. As another reviewer noted, it felt like I was walking on eggshells along with the characters as the protagonist’s father spoke, gestured, and threatened in archetypal male batterer rhythms. As a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence, it was a difficult read for me emotionally, but I kept reading because the story kept me interested on multiple levels, especially the subplot of how the protagonist’ ...more
Julianne Diaz
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't You Know I Love You follows our protagonist Angelina, a recent art school graduate struggling to find her voice in the world. A freak car accident hurdles Angelina into her childhood home in a rental car and a newly rescued dog. There she deals with her childhood trauma, impending settlement, and falls for Janet another upcoming artist who gives her the strength to face her inner darkness and put them on canvas. Bogart delivers a riveting tale of love, abuse and finding one's voice in a no ...more
Ola Hol
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-lit, novel
A pretty good novel on domestic violence, a difficult father-daughter relation and how it bears on later relations. It offers a insight into the impossibility of escaping similarities to a close person that sparks contradictory emotions. Seems to have a rhythm of a film, a Hollywood production, which is probably I don't give it more than 4 stars. The strong point is the dog's role in the story. Even though it features an art school graduate, it lacks the narcissism of let's say Patti Smith's Mon ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was hard for me to read. The scenes of domestic violence were frightening and it’s juxtaposition with “loving moments” between mom/dad dad/daughter were disturbing. I can never truly understand how/why one parent takes the “side” of the abuser and makes excuses for or allows the abuser to abuse the children. There was nothing now holding the mother back from protecting her daughter but yet again she chose not to. As I finished this book I am not sure I would recommend it to anyone. Too ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Follows a young woman who dearly wants to mature as a visual artist and to achieve professional success. Explores the inspiration/perspiration conundrum, i.e. where does art come from and how does it get made?, at least from this fictional character's point of view. Can art be a way to process physical injury and recovery? Does artistic skill develop within relationships? People who have struggled to feel confident in their own art may relate to this character. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm thinking 3.5 rounded up. Definitely an interesting read but it didn't hold my attention each time I picked it up. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is a difficult read, emotionally, but we'll worth it. ...more
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