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This cover image, released by Knopf, shows “Objects of Desire” by Clare Sestanovich.


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“Object of Desire” by Claire Sestanovic (Alfred A. Noppf)

Claire Sestanovic’s debut story collection “Objects of Desire” features characters from the middle to middle class, well-educated and well-wrapped. They are baby boomers or children in their twenties who have not yet grown up. Marketing and tech workers can afford to live in glass skyscrapers, while ambitious artists and writers have a lot of roommates or go home temporarily.

In the first story, “Announcement,” college student Iris sits between the couple and goes home for a vacation. After returning from the bathroom, the woman reaches out across Iris’ knees and shakes a positive pregnancy stick in front of her husband. They are overjoyed. Iris does not recoil or say “Ewwww!”. Instead, she politely congratulates them and returns to cutting green beans with a plastic knife.

It’s a hilarious scene, a modern twist on the Christian theme of conception announcement, spoken in the characteristic deadpan voice of Setanovich. Upon returning to college, Iris dates a boy, graduates, finds out she is pregnant, and has an abortion. Various characters, such as her mother, her best friend, and her ex-boyfriend’s aunt, express their views on sex and reproduction, but Iris struggles to keep them together.

New Yorker editor Sestanovic is an elegant writer with a story that cleverly captures the food, clothing and customs of modern life. Parents work on their daughter’s loss of appetite. Some couples wonder if it is ethical to keep a cat in a small apartment. A woman is hired as a night nanny for a girl with a three-day nanny.

Review: The Debut Story Collection captures our current way of life | Entertainment

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