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Women by Chloe Caldwell is a beautiful read/a perfect primer for an explosive lesbian affair/an essential truth. -Lena Dunham
Chloe Caldwell’s unnamed narrator hasn’t ever had an affair with a woman until she meets Finn. Older, charismatic, and in a long-term relationship, Finn is mysterious and captivating and obviously bad news. The pair quickly find themselves embroiled in the kind of demented, obsessive lust-love that can’t possibly end well. Spoiler: it doesn’t. But the detailed, raw, funny and unsparing way Caldwell’s narrator tells the story makes the experience seem appealing anyway, and worth the pain. It’s rare to read a book about falling in love that combines the heady fun and heartbreak of the experience of falling in love, but Caldwell has done just that.
I’ll read anything Chloe Caldwell writes. She’s a rare bird: fearless, dark, prolific, unpretentious, and truly honest. Women is an urgent reminder that narrative is how we make sense of obsession. -Elisa Albert