Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin

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Back Talk Read Online Free - From an award-winning debut writer, a beautiful and unapologetic 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. Fantastically written with a fresh voice and bold honesty, Back Talk examines the cultural narrowness of what it means to want as a woman.

Title : Back Talk
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ISBN : 0143131478
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Celeste rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2016

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...

Bkwmlee rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2018

In general, I’ve never really been a fan of the short story genre. When reading fiction, I prefer either novellas or full-length novels because an important part of the reading experience for me is being able to connect with the characters I’m reading about in some way, which I personally find ve...

Alex rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

I'm lucky, I'm married to the author so have actually read this book already. But you can pre-order it today and have it in your hands in February!

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

November 24, 2017

The women in this collection of stories are not the same, but they do share a set of characteristics: white women, middle-class women, women who live in New York or thereabouts. When something is set in New York it often goes with the highs and the lows: the rich, the poor, the billionaire, the a...

Myndi rated it ★★★★★

March 10, 2018

Original Review: Mad Book Love It wasn't long ago that I would have said I don't enjoy short stories. They try to say too much in too little space. They don't allow for in-depth character development. It's too difficult to get emotionally invested. That had been my experience with short stories an...

Jacqueline rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 23, 2018

Hm.. this book was a 2-star for me, but I can see why it'd be a 4 or 5 star to other people. It's objectively well-written and every sentence feels like it has a purpose. I just couldn't connect with it at all and I didn't really feel anything as I read it. I should have known what I was getting...

Riva rated it ★★★★☆

March 18, 2018

A stunning debut from a remarkable new author. All told from the perspective of women at various points in their lives, Danielle Lazarin's short stories encapsulate the essence of what it means to be human: grief-stricken, in love, heartbroken, struggling with motherhood, enduring the pain of div...

Cindi rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2018

Review originally posted on my blog : I often find myself watching people--in the doctor's office waiting room, at the grocery store, as I drive around town. Now and then, I can't help wondering about their lives and what brought them to that particular mom...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

This book of stories took my breath away. It was just what I needed after suffering from a long reading rut. The stories are short, but the gut punching impact they leave isn't. All of the stories feature strong women at different points in their lives and relationships with men and women. I alwa...

Sivananthi rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2018

A lovely collection of stories of women's desires and hopes, and living within constrained relationships in one way or another. Back talk is to respond with sass to a situation or a person - and in this case, in these stories, the response, or the sassiness of it is only known to the protagonists...

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