(Tallent, Gabriel) Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. Tallent’s debut is the novel My Absolute Darling (Riverhead Books), a brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul. A fourteen year old girl living in the woods along the norther California coast must use the survival skills her father taught her in order to escape his thrall.