Want

Want

Grappling with motherhood, economic anxiety, rage, and the limits of language, Want is a fiercely personal novel that vibrates with anger, insight, and love.

Elizabeth is tired. Years after coming to New York to try to build a life, she has found herself with two kids, a husband, two jobs, a PhD―and now they’re filing for bankruptcy. As she tries to balance her dream and the impossibility of striving toward it while her work and home lives feel poised to fall apart, she wakes at ungodly hours to run miles by the icy river, struggling to quiet her thoughts.

When she reaches out to Sasha, her long-lost childhood friend, it feels almost harmless―one of those innocuous ruptures that exist online, in texts. But her timing is uncanny. Sasha is facing a crisis, too, and perhaps after years apart, their shared moments of crux can bring them back into each other’s lives.

In Want, Lynn Steger Strong explores the subtle violences enacted on a certain type of woman when she dares to want things―and all the various violences in which she implicates herself as she tries to survive.

Title:Want
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250247544
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    Want Reviews

  • Angela M

    Race, privilege, dysfunctional family relationships, imperfect friendships, the struggles of a working mother and wife who is depressed, so many unmet needs and wants - all packed into this novel. I f...

  • Bridgett

    “I want to tell her that I’m scared I’m too wore out, worn down, that this constant anxious ache that I have now isn’t about my job or kids or all the ways life isn’t what it should ...

  • Proustitute (on hiatus)

    Lynn Steger Strong's Want reads like a highly personal confession of various wants: the want of money and stability in one’s life and career; the want of providing more stability for one’s childre...

  • Jessica Klahr

    This is one of my favorite kind of books where I breezed through it in a couple days but there were countless points where I had to stop and appreciate a turn of phrase or a character trait descriptio...

  • lark benobi

    A novel about being trapped in exactly the life you were privileged enough to lead. The narrator of this novel, 34 year old Elizabeth, is white and has a Ph.D., but she works as an adjunct and, withou...

  • madison

    **Spoilers**I feel like an asshole for not liking this book. I'm really tired of and not interested in reading books that showcase privileged-middle-class-NYC-straight/married-white women with rich pa...

  • Bill Kupersmith

    Could I write a fair review of Want without condescension? My professional career included everything the main character misses and wants, specifically a tenured professorship at a major research univ...

  • Barbara

    3.5 stars: “Want” by Lynn Steger Strong is a contemporary story of a thirty-something mother of two who is in a “mid” Mid-life crisis. Well, it’s more of a “coming-of-age” into adulthood...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    "All that talking, years of reading: There was a time I thought that all language might contain something of value, but most of life is flat and boring and the things we say are too. Or maybe it's tha...

  • ??? Shelley's ??? Book Nook

    2.5 StarsThis is a well-written story, but there was just something about it that I couldn’t connect to. It felt like there was so much internalization and many things felt unresolved. I really, rea...