I'm not a big short story reader but this collection by Danielle Lazarin has changed that. Back Talkis stories about girls and women, their families, their inner lives, hopes, fears, needs, and their spoken and unspoken desires. A dazzling debut full of gritty, realistic characters, a refreshingly honest voice, and exhilarating writing. Highly recommended.— Camilla
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.