A Selfie as Big as the Ritz

Stories

Lara Williams

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz

“Intelligent, smart, sexy, and entirely readable. We love this book!” Belletrist

“From the language to the characters, Williams’ stories brim with punchy elegance and humor… Irresistible.”
—Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

The women in Lara Williams’ debut story collection, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, navigate the tumultuous interval between early twenties and middle age. In the title story, a relationship implodes against the romantic backdrop of Paris. In “One of Those Life Things,” a young woman struggles to say the right thing at her best friend’s abortion. In “Penguins,” a girlfriend tries to accept her boyfriend’s bizarre sexual fantasy. As Williams’ characters attempt to lean in, fall in love, hold together a family, fend off loneliness, and build a meaningful life, we see them alternating between expectation and resignation, giddiness and melancholy, the rollercoaster we all find ourselves on.

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