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STARRED REVIEW

Topics of Conversation

Miranda Popkey’s first novel is a slender volume with the power of lightning.

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Review of ‘Topics of Conversation’

In the opening chapter of Miranda’s Popkey’s bedazzling, psychologically fraught first novel, the unnamed narrator is a graduate student spending the summer in Italy, caring for the young twin brothers of a wealthy classmate who has already begun distancing herself. In her off hours, the narrator reads Sylvia Plath’s journal and describes herself as “daffy…

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