Tuesday, November 05, 2019

What is Liska Jacobs reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Liska Jacobs, author of The Worst Kind of Want: A Novel.

Her entry begins:
I tend to read multiple books at once. These are the ones that I have on my nightstand currently, although my TBR pile is probably four times this size!

The Oblivion Seekers, Isabelle Eberhardt: I recently just finished reading this, but I’m including it because now I’m obsessed with Eberhardt. She was a female adventurer who traveled Africa dressed as an Arab man in the early 20th century, smoking opium, writing—doing pretty much whatever she liked and...[read on]
About The Worst Kind of Want, from the publisher:
A trip to Italy reignites a woman’s 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 world—drinking, dancing, smoking—relishing 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.
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--Marshal Zeringue