I look through his inboxes. He has three addresses: one for activity as an author, almost entirely devoted to his publicist, whom he bombards with slightly flirtatious and falsely jocular messages: “I wonder why I haven’t been invited to the radio program From the Bookshop, since I understand it’s about literature, and I happen to write books . .Read more.
Hey, are you in the mood for “an addictive feminist thriller that reads like shameless gossip from your best friend?”*
Good, because do we have a book for you.
You might know Virginie Despentes from her blistering collection King Kong Theory (also available as an Emily Book!), the essays that upended the conventional wisdom about rape, sex work and femininity. This book explores some of the same ideas, except in the framework of a classic detective novel. In Apocalypse Baby, an unforgettable lesbian private eye called The Hyena and a younger detective who starts out too cool to care follow the trail of a missing girl who might just have a fate larger than her own resting on her shoulders.
*- Johanna Fateman