Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover Book of the Month (formerly called Tattered Cover V.I.B.)!
Our latest selection is:
Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
This small but mighty debut from Miranda Popkey is told over the course of 20 years in the conversations that one unnamed narrator has. Mostly, these are conversations amongst women—a group of mothers in Fresno getting wine drunk while their babies sleep in the next room, divulging how they wound up single and pregnant; a family trip to Italy that falls into a sensual interaction between the narrator and her friend’s mother; a near-evil back and forth between the narrator and a friend who treats her terribly as they walk through an art exhibit on female pain, inspired by the real work of artist Sophie Calle. Although Popkey focuses on the ways that women express their desires and pain to each other, she occasionally veers off into other types of interaction: the narrator roleplays with a man she picked up in a hotel bar, coaching him to become a character she could hate more than any other. She has stream-of-consciousness style back-and-forths inside her own head that unfurl all the ways that the world we live in creates a chasm in its women between wanting to take all of our power back and wanting to give up control completely and hand the reins to someone, anyone else. This book doesn’t have any answers, but it has an awful lot of all the right questions. In short: remarkable.
—Afton Montgomery, Adult Frontlist Buyer
Purchase this and previous Books of the Month below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer