"The protagonists of Lazarin’s stories—daughters, mothers, siblings, girlfriends, wives—are gauging their strengths and soft spots, the ways in which they are independent and intertwined with those around them, their appetites for and aversions to risk and heartache, the truths they choose to know and those they cannot escape...Sensitive, intricate, and quietly powerful, Lazarin’s stories give voice to women learning to live on their own terms."

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"It’s no coincidence that most of the stories in Danielle Lazarin’s debut collection, Back Talk—a book about women, and edited, agented, and publicized by women—were first published in journals with female editors. “I committed myself to supporting women in publishing more fully,” says Lazarin, who now submits only to magazines edited by women. “It seemed a simple step in supporting journals that value women’s voices.” The voices of women ring out in Back Talk, which will be published in February by Penguin Books; the stories show women of all ages negotiating the minor and major travails of modern life."

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"Lazarin’s first collection of short stories focuses on the ordinary lives of women and girls in a brilliant and tender way....With poignant imagery and a fresh voice, Lazarin portrays these women honestly and relatably. Her exceptional craftsmanship speaks to the heart, as she paints these tales with empathy and a compassion that extends to all humankind."

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"Lazarin’s exceptional debut collection digs deep into the lives of women, telling complex stories of loss, hope, and joy... Lazarin’s work is confident and exhilarating; this auspicious collection is uniformly excellent."

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