April 10, join us for a book talk with Laura Linstedt and translator David Hackston on "My Friend Natalia," the author’s U.S. debut, available from Liveright Publishing on March 23, 2021.
"My Friend Natalia" is a linguistic sexual thriller centered on one woman’s potent affliction: Natalia cannot stop thinking about sex. The unnamed, ungendered therapist who narrates the novel has leapt at the chance to employ their most experimental methods, combining philosophy and literature, repressed childhood memories and explicitly unrepressed erotic experiences, through sessions that quickly shed all inhibitions. But it is clear from the moment that Natalia steps into her new therapist’s office that she has motives beyond simply fixing her sex life; and as tension percolates, the therapist can’t shake the question: What does Natalia really want?
In prose that prickles with sharp banter and double entendres as the therapist hurls strange—and hilarious—experimental exercises at Natalia, building to an explosive climax, My Friend Natalia presents a gripping examination of the power dynamics always present but rarely ever spoken about in therapy and sexuality.
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