Women by Chloe Caldwell
A good line or two:
But now it is occurring to me that by offering you these details about Finn, I could ruin things for you as well. I could tell you her favorite book of poetry or how she liked her hamburgers cooked, or the words tattooed across her knuckles. But depending on what I tell you, I could lose you. (p 6)
(Btw, I should really be highlighting one of the oh so many good sex scenes, but I don't wanna spoil 'em for you!)
Got me thinking about:
How Joan Didion talks to the reader in this casual, breaking-the-fourth-wall kind of way too.
How I know only women who have been surprised by same-sex attraction in their own lives after years of identifying as straight, not men.
How people are simply never ever going to tire of writing and reading about love and sex.
In one sitting. Knowing it was about an intense but relatively brief affair I wanted to experience the whole up/down passion, drama, heartbreak in one fell swoop.
P.S. Caldwell's essay collection I'll Tell You In Person is also great. Personal, vivid, precise.