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Topics of Conversation
A novel
By (author): Miranda Popkey
9780525566366 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Mar 09, 2021
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.17 x 7.97 x 0.65 in | 0.47 lb 224 pages Vintage
A compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction, perfect for fans of Sally Rooney, Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill.

Composed almost exclusively of conversations between women—the stories they tell each other, and the stories they tell themselves, about shame and love, infidelity and self-sabotage—Topics of Conversation careens through twenty years in the life of an unnamed narrator hungry for experience and bent on upending her life. Touching upon desire, disgust, motherhood, loneliness, art, pain, feminism, anger, envy, and guilt; written in language that sizzles with intelligence and eroticism, this novel introduces an audacious and immensely gifted new novelist.

Series Overview:

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.

MIRANDA POPKEY was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1987. She graduated with a BA in Humanities from Yale in 2009 and with an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She has written for, among other outlets, The New Republic, The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, the Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, The Awl, GQ, and New York magazine’s The Cut.

Author Residence: St. Louis, MO

Author Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

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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

“Masterly.”
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.”
—NPR
 
“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.”
Esquire
 
“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.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“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.”
Real Simple
 
“Bedazzling…. A slender volume with the power of lightning.”
BookPage
 
“Rich and rigorous.”
Kirkus Reviews

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