"Beautifully crafted . . . the sentences in these stories are living and seamless, as if Lazarin had run her hand over them until they became smooth and gleaming with the evidence of her touch." --Carmen Maria Machado, The New York Times Book Review
From an award-winning writer, a stunning collection of stories about women's unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected ways they resurface
In "Floor Plans," a woman at the end of her marriage tests her power when she inadvertently befriends the neighbor trying to buy her apartment. In "Appetite," a sixteen-year old grieving her mother's death experiences first love and questions how much more heartbreak she and her family can endure. In "Dinosaurs," a recent widower and a young babysitter help each other navigate how much they have to give--and how much they can take--from the people around them.
Through stories that are at once empathetic and unexpected, these women and girls defiantly push the boundaries between selfishness and self-possession. With a fresh voice and bold honesty, Back Talk examines how narrowly our culture allows women to express their desires.
"Deceptively quiet but packs a powerful punch . . . The best collection I've read in years, from a phenomenal new talent." --Celeste Ng
Pub Date: February 06, 2018