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Want

(2020)
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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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"It’s not just the story of what it is to be a mother and wife, a daughter and friend, a citizen and employee?Want is a novel about what it is to be alive right now, one that truly captures the urgency of human thought and feeling." - Rumaan Alam

"Furious, aching and razor sharp, Want is a beautiful book." - Emma Cline

"I felt a giddy sort of love for Lynn Steger Strong’s new novel Want. It’s not like anything else: caustic and despairing and sometimes, unexpectedly, laugh out loud funny. Sentence after sentence, this book took my breath away." - Marcy Dermansky

"Lynn Steger Strong’s Want is a fierce, funny, and consistently surprising exploration of friendship, bankruptcy, motherhood, and that slippery thing we call privilege. The voice is electric and nuanced; it feels possessed by a rare, inexplicable urgency. It’s less that this novel peels away the surfaces of daily life?school pick-up, subway commutes, vomiting toddlers?to expose the deeper truths dwelling underneath, and more that it exposes the ways those deep truths already saturate every crevice of our day-to-day lives. Once I started reading this book, I kept reading it compulsively - in a kind of fever - and since finishing, I’ve found myself returning frequently to its insights, grateful for their fervor, their complexity, and their grace." - Leslie Jamison

"Teacher, mother, best friend, wife and more. Is there any time or space left for Elizabeth outside of these roles? Lynn Steger Strong illustrates the heroic act of one woman trying her best to keep it all together; succeeding and failing and trying again. Want is honest and funny and profoundly moving. I tore through this book in two days and when it was over I wanted to start it again." - Victor LaValle

"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


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Hardback Editions

July 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Want: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
ISBN: 1-250-24754-3 / 978-1-250-24754-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Want: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
ISBN: 1-250-80107-9 / 978-1-250-80107-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Want
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
ISBN: 1-79976-769-8 / 978-1-79976-769-5
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Want: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
ISBN: 1-79976-768-X / 978-1-79976-768-8
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Want: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Want: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Want: A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Steger Strong
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA