Addition: A Novel

By Toni Jordan

“Often humorous, continuously adorable, this endearing novel of obsessive compulsive disease and romance is outstanding.”
 —Boston Globe


An completely pleasant story of obsessive-compulsive love, Toni Jordan’s Addition is simply the price tag for enthusiasts of TV’s Monk and readers who have been captivated via The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time. a perfectly humorous, supremely clever debut novel, Addition is “witty enjoyable” (People), whereas OCD-afflicted heroine Grace and her new-found paramour Seamus are “thoroughly endearing characters, and their romance is nice and enjoyable” (Washington put up ebook World).

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It doesn’t lie at the backside, flaccid. How does the saliva drain? Do i actually swallow loads, for all time? Is it usually so loud? Why could I be making all this saliva? The saliva streams like a black river down my throat, a gloomy stringing flood. If I lean ahead it's going to fall to the ground and curl round my foot and swell within the house among my feet. My soles are rainy. If this retains up I’ll drown in my sleep. Why does my mouth think so international? Oh God. the one attainable cause might be that there’s anything overseas there. as the seed of a tumour is turning out to be, throwing my mouth out of stability. I as soon as examine a guy who had a tumour on his jaw the dimensions of an orange. It’s beginning right here, on my jaw, like a biblical judgment. Like I’ve been conversing unwell of individuals. Which i've got, yet simply simply because they deserve it. And now i need to take my punishment, endure it, stroll the streets and look at people’s faces realizing I’m loss of life and but they nonetheless imagine everything’s basic. Or the surgeons will function and take out part my jaw bone and that i won’t be beautiful anymore. I’ll be gruesome. not anyone will care if I dwell or die. i will be able to believe the heart beat beating in my jaw now. most likely taking secondaries to my lungs or my liver or my bones. That’s it. I’m going to mattress. He’ll recover from it; it’s now not the bloody institution formal. I’m now not assembly his mom and dad. He’ll have a quiet dinner and cross domestic. He doesn’t have my quantity. I’m going to mattress early and going to mattress early is authorized lower than specified situations, one in all that is demise. Bedtime regimen starts. I choose up my toothbrush, after which I see them. No ask yourself. No ask yourself i've got a tumour. I’ve been blind. I’ve been silly. My toothbrush is obvious stiff acrylic with a softer red rubber close to the deal with. the pinnacle has white and lilac nylon bristles tufting out of small holes. yet what number holes? and the way many bristles? How may I no longer comprehend this quantity? How might I by no means have proposal to ascertain? All these mornings. All these nights. i believe my the teeth throb in time with my pulse and that i keep in mind that a soreness within the jaw is typically the 1st signal of a center assault. 15 tufts round the fringe of the top. White. Down the center are 6 rows of lilac tufts, an analogous top as these round the side, interspersed with four rows of shorter white tufts. I take a seat at the rest room ground, shaking. My hands are too fats to split the bristles into person strands. It’s taking see you later. persistently i must start back. 34. the 1st tuft has 34 bristles. unusually, so does the second one. by the point I’m approximately midway via it starts off getting particularly tricky. I fully grasp this is why it’s darkish outdoors and that i now not have adequate gentle to count number via. rigorously, utilizing my arms to split the present tuft into counted and uncounted bristles, I stretch my different arm up and hit the sunshine. by the point i ultimately elevate my head, by the point all 1768 bristles are counted and double-checked and triple-checked, my shoulders are heavy and my neck is stiff. The evening is kind of nonetheless. i'm fairly nonetheless. The clock tells me it's nine. 24 p.

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