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‘Beautifully crafted’ New York Times

‘The best collection I’ve read in years, from a phenomenal new talent’ Celeste Ng

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.

Reviews

Lazarin's exceptional debut collection digs deep into the lives of women, telling complex stories of loss, hope, and joy. . . . [Back Talk] is confident and exhilarating; this auspicious collection is uniformly excellent
Publisher's Weekly
Danielle Lazarin's Back Talk is deceptively quiet but packs a powerful punch-much like the girls and women in its pages. The stories in this collection batter at the boundaries of female desire-not just for sex, but for intimacy, for visibility, for agency. They talk back to the idea that stories about women are 'domestic,' burrowing deep to find wildness and a smoldering fury beneath. The best collection I've read in years, from a phenomenal new talent
Celeste Ng