Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey

Topics of Conversation

For readers of Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill--a compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction Miranda Popkey's first novel is about desire, disgust, motherhood, loneliness, art, pain, feminism, anger, envy, guilt--written in language that sizzles with intelligence and eroticism. The novel is composed almost exclusively of conversations between women--the stories they tel...


Details Topics of Conversation

TitleTopics of Conversation
ISBN9780525656289
Author
Release DateJan 7th, 2020
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreFiction, Adult, Adult Fiction
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Reviews Topics of Conversation

  • Paris (parisperusing)
    2019-11-19
    “There is, below the surface of every conversation in which intimacies are shared, an erotic current. Sometimes this current is so hot it all but boils and other times it’s barely lukewarm, hardly noticeable, but always the current is present, if only you plunge your hands in just an inch or two farther down in the water. This is regardless of the gender of the people involved, of their sexual orientations. This is the natural outcome of disc...
  • The Nerd Daily
    2019-12-01
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth MowbrayReading the synopsis alone for Topics of Conversation evokes a powerful set of emotions. Take a look: “Miranda Popkey writes of desire, disgust, motherhood, loneliness, art, pain, feminism, anger, envy, and guilt … composed almost exclusively of conversations between women—the stories they tell each other, and the stories they tell themselves, about shame and love, infidelity an...
  • Jonathan
    2019-11-11
    Remember the name Miranda Popkey right now. Her debut book “topics of conversation” comes out in January and it is one you will not want to miss. I was reminded of Sally Rooney and Melissa Broder but a little more intellectual and grown up. Not taking away from either of those two women and their ability to write a great novel that I enjoy but Popkey is the real deal. Smart, innovative, and brutally honest about tough subjects. Mainly focused...
  • Beth M.
    2019-11-13
    When I first read the synopsis for Topics of Conversation, it took me aback. “Miranda Popkey writes of desire, disgust, motherhood, loneliness, art, pain, feminism, anger, envy, and guilt ... 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 ...” Stunning right?Reading this book was just the experience I hoped ...
  • Mary
    2019-10-22
    An unnamed female narrator explores attraction/disgust/womanhood/apathy over a timeline that spans nearly twenty years. Popkey comments especially on attraction as other than sexual, on hungry desires for people, and then on self-hatred, feminism and not, control, anonymity. Visceral, vulnerable, excruciating, electrifying—sometimes even bordering on orgasmic, for the pure, defibrillator-like shock—Topics of Conversation is a demand that femi...
  • Emily Fordham
    2019-10-26
    Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey.5When Serpent’s Tail got in touch with me about sending a proof copy of this book I literally bit their arm off. Just their description in the email alone had sold it to me- I knew I’d love it.‘The 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 p...
  • Miss R
    2019-12-08
    Thanks to NetGalley and Serpent's Tail/Profile Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.A beautifully poignant ode to the rich tapestry of womanhood.Having just finished "Girl, Woman, Other" by this year's Booker Prize Winner, Bernardine Evaristo, I was delighted to come across Miranda Pokey's, "Topics of Conversation". Like Evaristo's tour de force of a novel, Popkey explores with an eye to the beauty and complexities of female subjecti...
  • Joanna Pearl
    2019-11-20
    This novel is made up of conversations between women - mothers, daughters, friends - over a number of years.The conversations span topics as diverse as desire, sexuality, motherhood and marriage and divorce. It reads like stream of consciousness but is well-structured and beautifully crafted: you feel you are listening - a fly on the wall - to real dialogue.The narrator pieces together her life through these conversations and they feel more like ...
  • James Beggarly
    2019-10-28
    A really sharp book that spans over fifteen years and shows us the conversations that stay with the unnamed narrator as she tries to examine her life and break the patterns that are keeping her from real happiness. It’s wonderful as sometimes stories come bursting out of her and sometimes she listens to other stories as if the contain the keys to enlightenment. A great honest, and fun, read.
  • Sarah
    2019-10-16
    Popkey's debut rises to the challenge to tackle current issues of sexuality, power, and gender. Written in the style of multiple conversations between women over many years, it is, at times, an uneasy read. Like Taddeo's Three Women, Popkey doesn't shy away from hard questions around women's participation in the subjugation of women's sexuality.