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Objects of Desire

$32.99

$32.99

Named a ‘Most Anticipated Book of 2021’ by Lit Hub and The Millions

‘Astonishing – one of the best story collections I’ve read in a long time . . . Clare Sestanovich is stylish and skilled, an astute chronicler of contemporary life’ Brandon Taylor, Booker-shortlisted author of Real Life

A college freshman, flying home, strikes up an odd, ephemeral friendship with the couple next to her on the airplane. A long-lost stepbrother’s visit to New York prompts a reckoning with a family’s old taboos. An office worker, exhausted by the ambitions of the men around her, emerges into the gridlocked city one afternoon to make a decision. A wife, looking at her husband's passwords neatly posted on the wall, realizes there are no secrets left in their marriage.

In these eleven 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. With powerful observation and mordant humour, Clare Sestanovich opens up a fictional world where intimate and uncomfortable truths lie hidden in plain sight.

Objects of Desire
is a book pulsing with subtle drama, rich with unforgettable scenes and alive with moments of recognition, each more startling than the last – a spellbinding, brilliant debut.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529055221
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 27/07/2021
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Short stories
    Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    USA
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: $32.99

Named a ‘Most Anticipated Book of 2021’ by Lit Hub and The Millions

‘Astonishing – one of the best story collections I’ve read in a long time . . . Clare Sestanovich is stylish and skilled, an astute chronicler of contemporary life’ Brandon Taylor, Booker-shortlisted author of Real Life

A college freshman, flying home, strikes up an odd, ephemeral friendship with the couple next to her on the airplane. A long-lost stepbrother’s visit to New York prompts a reckoning with a family’s old taboos. An office worker, exhausted by the ambitions of the men around her, emerges into the gridlocked city one afternoon to make a decision. A wife, looking at her husband's passwords neatly posted on the wall, realizes there are no secrets left in their marriage.

In these eleven 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. With powerful observation and mordant humour, Clare Sestanovich opens up a fictional world where intimate and uncomfortable truths lie hidden in plain sight.

Objects of Desire
is a book pulsing with subtle drama, rich with unforgettable scenes and alive with moments of recognition, each more startling than the last – a spellbinding, brilliant debut.

Author Information

Clare Sestanovich is an editor at the New Yorker. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s, and Electric Lit. She lives in Brooklyn.

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