Objects of Desire: Stories

Objects of Desire: Stories

By Clare Sestanovich

"A debut collection of witty, elegant short stories that follow women from the brink of adulthood, to the labyrinthine gap between twenty and thirty, to middle age and the quiet instants in which certain possibilities disappear -- exploring themes of identity, yearning, aspiration, and family"--


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Book Information

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date: 06/29/2021
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 9780593318096
ISBN-10: 0593318099
Language: English

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Objects of Desire: Stories

Book Review by Emily Porter

Clare Sestanovich gives us a peek into the desires of modern life, lives that are figuring out the everyday, and writes lovely short stories that give us snippets of all these lives that tie together. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"A debut story collection of the rarest kind ... you wish that every single entry could be an entire novel. --Entertainment Weekly Fresh, intimate stories of women's lives from an extraordinary new literary voice, laying bare the unexpected beauty and irony in contemporary life A college freshman, traveling home, strikesup an odd, ephemeral friendship with the couple next to her on the plane. A mother prepares for her son's wedding, her own life unraveling as his comes together. A long-lost stepbrother's visit to New York prompts a family's reckoning with its old taboos. A wife considers the secrets her marriage once contained. An office worker, exhausted by the ambitions of the men around her, emerges into a gridlocked city one afternoon to make a decision. In these eleven powerful stories, thrilling desire and melancholic yearning animate women's lives, from the brink of adulthood to the labyrinthine path between twenty and thirty, to middle age, when certain possibilities quietly elapse. Tender, lucid, and piercingly funny, Objects of Desire is a collection pulsing with subtle drama, rich with unforgettable scenes, and alive with moments of recognition each more startling than the last--a spellbinding debut that announces a major talent.

About the Author

Clare Sestanovich, named a "5 Under 35" honoree by the National Book Foundation in 2022, is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, The Drift, and Electric Literature. Objects of Desire, a finalist for the PEN/Robert W.

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