NC Literary Hall of Fame



Rebel Belle: The Making of a Narcissist by Nancy Tilly

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$11.50, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-987715095
May, 2018
Nonfiction: Memoir
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Nancy Tilly’s memoir Rebel Belle: The Making of a Narcissit, newly out from Amazon’s CreateSpace, opens with a hard-drinking family and a mother on the attack, a bad high-school boyfriend and a worse one in college. In Chapel Hill she finds a home. But she can’t stay there. From Chicago to Yellowstone, San Francisco and Europe her quest to conquer rage and make a normal life leads to an unexpected conclusion.

Nancy loved her beautiful parents—no one was more fun. But her happy childhood in Atlanta ends with Daddy’s heart attack at age thirty-four, when her parents’ drinking and rages escalate to daily bombardments. How can Nancy act right, learn to be popular like Mother?

Rebel Belle: The Making of a Narcissist, follows Nancy’s struggle to put together a normal life even as her own bad judgment combines with her parents’ partying life and blow-ups that threaten to sink them all. The quest for a good life leads to a shock: it’s not just her parents. She is more narcissistic than they are! Whether she can tame her demons and find the life she longs for is the question that fills these pages.


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