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
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.