Objects of Desire
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.
Astonishing - one of the best story collections I’ve read in a long time . . . I feel like I've found a new favorite writer - Clare Sestanovich is stylish and skilled, an astute chronicler of contemporary life
Brandon Taylor, Booker-shortlisted author of Real Life
Clare Sestanovich’s stories compelled me like gravity, and offered sharp, surprising, singular bursts of grace
Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams
Clare Sestanovich is a gifted observer and writes a sentence sharp enough to cut yourself on . . . A magnificent debut
Nathan Englander, author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth