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'It was the curse of the modern age, options; who needed options, when everything was essentially meaningless?'So says one of the characters in Lara Williams's extraordinary debut story collection. Treats is a break-up album of tales covering relationships, the tyranny of choice and self navigation. This fresh, beguiling new voice paints a portrait of contemporary womanhood, balancing wry humour with a pervading sense of alienation.Williams's characters struggle with how to negotiate intimacy within relationships and isolation when single, the pitfalls and indignities of dating, dragged down by dissatisfaction. Meanwhile the dilemmas of contemporary adulthood play out, including abortion, depression, extra-marital affairs, infatuation, new baby anxiety, bereavement, hair loss, sexual ethics, cats and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 136g
  • Freight Books
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910449709
  • 9781910449707
  • 39,761

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'What a wonderful collection. Very smart and VERY funny. A stunning mix of measured wisdom and raw emotion. There's also a real sense that these stories - beautiful in their own right - belong together. I loved the connections between them, and the way ideas were subtly and steadily developed from beginning to end.' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animalsshow more

About Lara Williams

Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. She has published fiction on McSweeney's, Metazen and Litro and non-fiction, essays and comment pieces for the Guardian, NME and the Manchester Evening News. She is a graduate of The Manchester Writing School. She formerly played drums for the band Pins and now works in Digital more
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