Topics of Conversation (Hardback)
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Topics of Conversation (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 27/02/2020
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What is the shape of a life? Is it the things that happen to us? Or is it the stories we tell about the things that happen to us? Miranda Popkey's remarkable debut novel follows one woman as she makes her way through two decades of bad relationships, motherhood, crisis and consolation, each new episode narrated through the conversations she has with other women: in private with friends, at late-night parties with acquaintances, with strangers in hotel rooms, in moments of revelation, shame, intimacy, cynicism and desire. From the coast of the Adriatic to sun-soaked California, Topics of Conversation maps out one woman's life through the stories of the women around her. Full of the uncertainty of the present and the instability of the past, sizzling with enigmatic desire, it is a seductive exploration of life as a woman in the modern world, of the stories we tell ourselves and of the things we reveal only to strangers.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788164047
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A pleasingly unsentimental novel about attraction and repulsion and the fluid line between the two. Popkey writes about these emotional eddies with such thrilling detachment you'll wonder why you ever worried about love at all. -- Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation
Topics of Conversation masterfully maps the unknowable terrain of intimacy * Boston Globe *
Each of the chapters in this exacting, exhilarating debut novel records a deeply intimate discussion the capricious, now-38-year-old narrator has had over nearly two decades with friends, maternal figures, and later, fellow single mothers. Our guess is that this book will be the topic of many conversations in 2020. * O The Oprah Magazine *
Penetrating, brutal, a brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction -- Ben Marcus
An intimate evisceration of our narrow imaginings of female sexuality -- Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
A book of ideas - about power and gender, about desire, about loneliness and rage ... a rich and rigorous dissection of how we construct who we are * Kirkus *
A shrewd record of the act of unflinchingly circling these amorphous notions of pain, desire and control * The New York Times *
Slim but potent ... has the flavor of Rachel Cusk ... sure to spark conversation." * NPR *
Over the span of 20 years, an unnamed narrator has conversations with an eclectic set of women - conversations about shame and love, sexuality and power. Envy and guilt. Motherhood. Loneliness. The slim book is smart and raw, and Popkey dives head-on into difficult, well - how else to say it? - topics of conversation. * Washington Post *
Formally adventurous and blisteringly current, this debut novel spanning almost two decades of conversations between women wrestles with the stories women tell about desire, friendship, and violence * Esquire *
As she explores her own history through a shifting lens of female rivalries and friendships, the book's surface coolness begins to peel away, revealing the raw, uncommon nerve of a radically honest storyteller. * Entertainment Weekly *
In Miranda Popkey's slim but potent first novel, sex, desire, and failed relationships are ever at the fore... sure to spark conversation. * NPR *
In luminous prose, Popkey explores the intricacies of love and desire and female friendship. Every page sparks with intelligence. -- Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas

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