Back Talk: Stories (Paperback)

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A collection of stories about girls and women that I not only loved but appreciated--not just for the exquisite, direct writing but for the shamelessness of the stories themselves. Yes, we can want and need, try and fail, break and stand, expose ourselves. Sometimes it's enough to just go on. The one description I kept coming back to was "unfrosted." Nothing about this collection is sugar and spice. Things get tough, but nevertheless... (chick fist in the air)...

— Susan


"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

About the Author

Danielle Lazarin's short stories have won grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Glimmer Train Family Matters Award, and Hopwood Awards. She is a graduate of the writing programs of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program. She lives in her native New York City with her husband and daughters.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143131472
ISBN-10: 0143131478
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English