Anne Enright is a Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, among other publications. She has published more than half a dozen novels, including, most recently, Actress. (July 2020)
by Ariana Harwicz, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff
The narrator of Miranda Popkey’s first novel, Topics of Conversation, desires men who will tell her what to do. This might be an efficient enough thing to want in your life, except for the way it shifts, perhaps inevitably, into a need to be mistreated. It also leads to questions about consent that are so taboo they are almost beyond articulation: “Either the desires I had were possible desires or…or, this was the other option, I had been tricked. The other option was I was wrong.”
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