The Worst Kind of Want

A Novel by Liska Jacobs

  • Published: Sep 02, 2020

"Dark, seductive . . .Noirish and sexy, this provocative novel explores what its like to be a woman on the edge." Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire "A crispy biscotti of a novel . . .Youll feel indecent reading it in public." Molly Young,... read more

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Details of The Worst Kind of Want

Exact title of the book
The Worst Kind of Want
Book author
Liska Jacobs
ISBN
9780374716738
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Nov 05, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
224
File size (in PDF)
2016 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Dark, seductive . . .

Noirish and sexy, this provocative novel explores what its like to be a woman on the edge." Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire "A crispy biscotti of a novel . . .

Youll feel indecent reading it in public." Molly Young, Vulture A trip to Italy reignites a womans desires to disastrous effect in this dark ode to womanhood, death, and sex To cool-headed, fastidious Pricilla Messing, Italy will be an escape, a brief glimpse of freedom from a life that's starting to feel like one long decline. Rescued from the bedside of her difficult mother, forty-something Cilla finds herself called away to Rome to keep an eye on her wayward teenage niece, Hannah. But after years of caregiving, babysitting is the last thing Cilla wants to do.

Instead she throws herself into Hannah's youthful, heedless worlddrinking, dancing, smokingrelishing the heady atmosphere of the Italian summer. After years of feeling used up and overlooked, Cilla feels like she's coming back to life. But being so close to Hannah brings up complicated memories, making Cilla restless and increasingly reckless, and a dangerous flirtation with a teenage boy soon threatens to send her into a tailspin.

With the sharp-edged insight of Ottessa Moshfegh and the taut seduction of Patricia Highsmith, The Worst Kind of Want is a dark exploration of the inherent dangers of being a woman. In her unsettling follow-up to Catalina, Liska Jacobs again delivers hypnotic literary noir about a woman whose unruly desires and troubled past push her to the brink of disaster.

About author

Jacobs is the author of Catalina, and her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, and The Hairpin, among other publications. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside.

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