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Back Talk 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 resurfaceIn Floor Plans a woman at the

  • Title: Back Talk
  • Author: Danielle Lazarin
  • ISBN: 9780143131472
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 resurfaceIn 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 deathFrom an award winning debut writer, a beautiful and unapologetic collection of stories about women s unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected ways they resurfaceIn 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 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.

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    1. Celeste Ng on said:

      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.

    2. Bkwmlee on said:

      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 very difficult (sometimes even nearly impossible) to do with short stories due to the little amount of time I get to spend with each character. Because of this, I usually go into short story collection [...]

    3. Alex on said:

      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!

    4. Jennifer on said:

      Review coming soon at another outlet, so I won't write too much here, but this is a collection of 16 stories about young women (from young girls to mid thirties) who are navigating the unscripted aspects of their lives - the friendships and romances and family bonds that don't seem to work out the way they "should." Don't expect too much plot; these stories are quiet snapshots of emotional ambivalence, of women who don't quite trust their own feelings because they can't fit them neatly into pre- [...]

    5. Jessica Woodbury on said:

      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 addict, the socialite, the prostitute. But Lazarin is more focused on the heightened emotions in the everyday lives of everyday women. Falling in love, raising children, breaking up, fighting with parents [...]

    6. Jacqueline on said:

      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 into, because in general I don't enjoy short story collections, AND I knew these were stories about middle-class white woman at various stages of their lives, which didn't sound exciting to me. But both Ju [...]

    7. Cindi on said:

      Review originally posted on my blog : blogger/blogger.g?bloI 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 moment. In that kindly voyeuristic way, Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin is a collection of short stories that feature women and girls. Marriage, friendship, motherhood and other family relationships are explored in thoughtful a [...]

    8. Jen on said:

      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 always love it when a book of short stories has several stories that share characters, so pay close attention and you'll see there are connective threads between some.

    9. Xiomara Canizales on said:

      Rating 3.5If I have to describe this book with one word would be WOMANHOOD.In this stories collection you will find a women's growth, a women's desire, a women dealing with divorce or an affair or the death of her mother or falling apart from her best friend.Probably the idea was that the stories wouldn't have a begging nor an end, is more the sequence of life's events and how this woman deal with it, so you won't find 'happy endings' is more the acceptance of who the person is and how to live w [...]

    10. Lydia on said:

      I loved this book! I don't consider myself to typically be a huge reader of short stories, but this collection lived up to the hype (I've seen Celeste Ng recommend it multiple times) - every story felt complete, and while I often wanted more (omg the babysitting story) it was a fulfilling collection of women making their own decisions and finding their power.

    11. Dan Friedman on said:

      Danielle Lazarin’s Back Talk consists of sixteen short stories, four of which are short short stories, slightly longer than sketches. The sixteen stories focus on women undergoing transitions from their early teens through, presumably, their mid-thirties. Transitions? Yes, transitions of geography; of friendships; of partnerships, marriages, and romances; and of relationships with siblings and parents. I’ll leave it to the literary prize jurors, some of whom undoubtedly will be weighing Back [...]

    12. Jane on said:

      "But really, had she wanted to know those things? Did they seem, once she did know, like secrets? She knows so well the burden of being told, of knowing, and how impossible it is to unknow, to forget. . . But she understands, too, that someone in the family has to be the one who forgets just enough every now and then, so they can keep moving forward."

    13. Betsy Kipnis on said:

      16 stories varying in length and point of view. Settings migrate from the boroughs of NYC to Paris. Themes covered include loss of a parent, marital and familial breakdowns, coming of age, entry into sexual life, discovering “no” as a personal choice over a socially imposed option, inter gender competitiveness, sibling relationships and rivalries, individuation struggles from parents uniquely and collectively, and of course identity as it relates to female self. Lazarin’s work is rich in c [...]

    14. Megan on said:

      This collection covers a range of women from age to geography to cultural experience but is held together by strong, confident, and self-aware main characters. It's refreshing to read stories in which something bad or disappointing may take place but the character isn't expectantly devastated or ruined, instead, the character takes it in stride or acknowledges the gravity of the situation in a self-aware manner. It is a joy to jump from story to story, and, selfishly, see myself in many of these [...]

    15. Sarah on said:

      My favorite story collection in years. I read so much hype/praise I bought a copy to read, which I never do, but the stories were as good as they were billed to be. I tried to savor, tried reading only 1-2 a day, but in the end I raced to finish. I know I will reread. So what is so great about them? It's hard to pinpoint. The women Ms. Lazarin writes are believable and relatable. My favorite stories were 'Hide and Seek' and 'Dinosaurs'. Highly recommended.

    16. camilla on said:

      This masterfully collection was a great way to get into short stories. These are stories of girls and women and their families and their inner lives. Through the author's astute eye we witness the desires of women and how they are often repressed or punished or just ignored. There's a subtle standoffishness in many of the characters here, they seem cold on the outside but inside they are teeming with thoughts and needs and wants. Beautifully written and highly recommended.

    17. Christine on said:

      This collection is so good. It flows so well and each story left me mostly satisfied but wanting a little more, which for me is what makes a good short story. I love how normal all the characters are but also how interesting they are, and how different.

    18. Darcy-Tell on said:

      What a wonderful book of short stories about women! I really loved how quiet a lot of the stories are and how much there is to dig into. Danielle is a wonderful storyteller and I love reading about nyc.

    19. Andréa on said:

      I wanted to stop reading this book after the second story. But stuck through it and hated it more and more. I finished it. I just really didn’t like it. None of these stories were happy. Most were confusing and cut off and weird points. I really feel like I wasted my time on this book!

    20. Aja Gabel on said:

      This collection made me fall in love with short stories all over again. The tenor of clarity and empathy Lazarin brings to the small moments that shatter or shape lives of women in transition, in quiet states of rage or grief, is incredible. Disappear into these stories. Come up gasping.

    21. Sarah on said:

      These are the kinds of short stories I love, quiet but still (rightfully! so rightfully!) self-assured. They pack a secret punch

    22. Melissa on said:

      Loved this. Danielle Lazarin, please tell me you're writing a novel next.

    23. Kate Alleman on said:

      A good blend of stories about women. Most of them dealt with women figuring out what they wanted from relationships - trying new ones, getting rid of ones.

    24. Sara on said:

      I liked this a lot. it felt sort of Atwood-y in places in that it talked a lot about interiority, about ambiguous feelings and relationships, and about slow sea-changes.

    25. Xhenet Aliu on said:

      I'm giving this book five stars, but I have to say in some ways it's terrible: it's terrible if you pick it up at night because you have insomnia and you're looking for a little nugget to lull you to sleep, but instead of doing that it makes you feel buzzy like you took a dose of your little sister's ADD meds. It's terrible if you like to read short stories one-at-a-time like a palate cleanser between big meaty novels, because you will lie to yourself many times when you insist you're going to r [...]

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