April's book of the month
NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS by Patricia Lockwood
Patricia Lockwood, author of the exceptional memoir Priestdaddy, brings us her first novel, a book for our times on living intensely online and offline.
A woman known for her viral social media posts travels the world speaking to her adoring fans, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet – or what she terms ‘the portal’. Are we in hell? the people of the portal ask themselves. Who are we serving? Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die? Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: 'Something has gone wrong,' and 'How soon can you get here?' As real life and its stakes collide with the increasing absurdity of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
Patricia Lockwood was born in a trailer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, and the astounding memoir Priestdaddy. Priestdaddy was chosen fifteen times as a book of the year and was widely celebrated: ‘Glorious’ (Sunday Times), ‘Laugh-out-loud funny’ (The Times), ‘Extraordinary’ (Observer), ‘Exceptional’ (Telegraph), ‘Dazzling’ (Guardian). Lockwood’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the New Republic and the London Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor. *New York Times Book Review