Topics of Conversation

An unnamed female narrator explores attraction/disgust/womanhood/apathy over a timeline that spans nearly twenty years.  Popkey comments especially on attraction as other than sexual, on hungry desires for people, and then on self-hatred, feminism and not, control, anonymity.  Visceral, vulnerable, excruciating, electrifying—sometimes even bordering on orgasmic, for the pure, defibrillator-like shock—Topics of Conversation is a demand that feminine sexuality be recognized as real and complicated and SOMETHING.  A life-giving stream of sex and self-hatred, with the intelligent and erotic in equal force, this breakout book is frustratingly good.  I can’t wait to read more by Miranda Popkey. Recommended by Mary
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ISBN: 9780525656289
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Published: Knopf - January 7th, 2020

For readers of Sally Rooney, Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill--a compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction