CRITICS LOVE MIRANDA POPKEY: With positive reviews from The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, Popkey has established herself as a bold new voice in literary fiction.
ECONOMY: Popkey packs enormous substance into a spectacularly slim frame—reminiscent of Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, which took off in paperback.
CATEGORY: Popkey fits right into the current wave of cerebral female narratives, from Lisa Halliday to Rachel Cusk and Rivka Galchen.
Named a best book of the year by TIME, Esquire, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Glamor, and Bustle
“Lyrical…. Smart and raw.”
—The Washington Post
“Sally Rooney-esque…. Popkey’s sentences careen breathlessly as her halting, staccato prose mirrors the ‘churning’ within the narrator’s mind…. A shrewd record of the act of unflinchingly circling these amorphous notions of pain, desire and control.”
—The New York Times Book Review
—The New Yorker
“Electrifying…. Shrewd and sensual, Popkey’s debut carries the scintillating charge of a long-overdue girls’ night.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Slim but potent…has the flavor of Rachel Cusk…. Provocative…. Sure to spark conversation.”
“Formally adventurous and blisteringly current…. In glittering prose, Popkey illuminates the performative nature of storytelling, assessing the degree to which the stories we tell about our lives are fictions.”
“As [the narrator] 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.”
“Masterfully controlled, delightfully chilly.”
—The Boston Globe
“Icily intelligent…. Reading Topics of Conversation [is] as thrilling as being told a secret.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Perceptive, biting…. There’s much to relate to and dogear in this slim book.”
“Bedazzling…. A slender volume with the power of lightning.”
“Rich and rigorous.”
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