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My Friend Natalia — Virtual Book Talk

April 10, 2021—1:00 pm2:00 pm

On 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 womans 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 — Something flared within me,” the therapist notes. And it wasnt exclusively sympathy…? It was more like a sudden experience of harmony, wholly inappropriate given the circumstances” — 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 cant 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.

The event will take place as a Zoom webinar; please ask questions in the chat or send them in advance to Registration is required; please sign up at the link above. To learn more about the book and see how to purchase, please click here.

Smart, dark, funny, and weirdly exhilarating, Laura LindstedtMy Friend Natalia is both pitched on the brink and absolutely alive. An absorbing discourse of sex, power, and boundaries, in sentences that lift like music”—Paul Lisicky (Later: My Life at the Edge of the World)

I was tremendously impressed by My Friend Natalia . . . Lindstedt has a very Finnish take on sophistication (downbeat, deadpan), is disconcerting, dissonant, peerless in deferred resolution, a blithe dissolver of the regular association of ideas”—Helen DeWitt (Some Trick: Thirteen Stories)


April 10, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm