Back Talk Pdf Summary
Back Talk Pdf book is a stunning collection of stories about women’s unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected ways they resurface, from an award-winning writer Danielle Lazarin.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories worthy of the hype
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2018
These stories, all sixteen of them, offer so many pleasures. Here’s a writer who renders middle-age complexity and confusion as powerfully as she writes children and teenagers. The fierce young women in “Appetite,” “Back Talk,” and “American Men in Paris I Did Not Love” totally captured what it feels like to be on the cusp of adulthood and full of love and fury with all the sparking power of adolescence and innocence (that they take as complete understanding) about what the future holds. There is a subtlety to Lazarin’s realism and writing that makes the characters feel fully realized from the first lines of each story, like their lives have weight off the page. I know this book has been getting a lot of pre-pub hype, and for me, it totally lived up to it.
This book elevates to art the moments in women’s lives that often get overlooked; it feels radical to be invited into those private spaces, those stairwells and diners and midnight streets. To Lazarin, I simply say–more please!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant AF
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2018
A relevant read for every woman (and man) struggling to navigate this complicated time. Lazarin’s way of pulling you into the lives of people who immediately feel familiar is an amazing thing to experience. A great way to get off your phone or computer for a bit and read something real and thought provoking. The only thing I wanted that I didn’t get from this book is a full novel of each and every character. Can’t wait to read more from Lazarin.
4.0 out of 5 stars Super interesting stories, lack of diversity
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018
Great, thought provoking narratives. Many of the plot lines were very relatable. Only reason I didn’t give in 5 stars was because most of stories followed white girls from a upper middle class background. It would have been nice to see more diversity and prospectives from girls of different socioeconomic and races.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad, interesting stories about real women in cities I love
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018
The women in these stories are funny, strong, fragile, brave and ultimately very real. I loved reading these stories. A vivid and entertaining read. Things didn’t tie up in neat little bows for Lazarin’s characters, but the stories left me feeling hopeful and thinking about what might have come next in their lives. NYC and Paris feature like characters themselves, and so if you love those places as I do, you’ll dive right in.
5.0 out of 5 stars This collection is so very good. It flows well and each story left me …
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2018
This collection is so very good. It flows well and each story left me mostly satisfied but wanting a little more, which for me is what makes a good short story. I love how normal all the characters are, but also how interesting they are, and how different.
About Danielle Lazarin Author Of Back Talk Pdf Book
Danielle Lazarin’s debut collection of short stories, BACK TALK, is out now from Penguin Books.
Danielle’s short stories have won grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Glimmer Train Family Matters Award, and Hopwood Awards. She is graduate of the writing programs of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She lives in her native New York City with her family.
Back Talk pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Penguin Books; First Edition (February 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143131478
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143131472
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #4,228 in Women’s Divorce Fiction
- #10,431 in Women’s Friendship Fiction
- #15,385 in Short Stories Anthologies
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 44 ratings
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