Topics of Conversation

Author(s): Miranda Popkey

Novel

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.

"A brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction." —Ben Marcus


"An intimate evisceration of our narrow imaginings of female sexuality, a brilliantly structured character study and a book that repeatedly asks how women can fully trust their own desires when they've grown up steeped in the wrong stories." —Karen Russell

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General Fields

  • : 9781788164047
  • : Serpent's Tail Limited
  • : Serpent's Tail Limited
  • : October 2019
  • : ---length:- '21.6'width:- '13.5'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 240
  • : Miranda Popkey