GalleyCrush: Want


Today’s GalleyCrush is Lynn Steger Strong’s Want, forthcoming from Henry Holt and Company on July 7, 2020.

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

First lines: “I’m sixteen and Sasha’s seventeen and we go out to the beach at night and no one’s there. We’ve thrown a party at her house and I have fallen, scraped my knee, getting a piggyback ride from a boy I know only offered it to me to impress her.”

Big blurb: “A deeply intelligent and sneakily moving novel about having the ground fall away beneath your feet. Strong ingeniously undercuts conventional wisdom about what it means to be a success in this world.” —Jenny Offill

Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 224 pages.

Author bio: Lynn Steger Strong’s first novel, Hold Still, was published in 2016. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Catapult and Columbia University.