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‘Deliciously funny’ Helen Oyeyemi
‘Enormously entertaining’ Lionel Shriver
‘Smart, brilliant … I love it so much!’ Joanna Cannon
A wickedly caustic tale of a student who stumbles on a literary treasure.
Anna Brisker is running out of ideas.
Her PhD advisor thinks she’s a let-down, her fellow students see her as roadkill on the way to academic success and her family have just stopped asking when she’s going to get a real job.
Then Anna Brisker stumbles on a rare notebook that could make her a literary sensation. If only she didn’t have to break the law to get it…
Talent is a deliciously wry portrayal of a brittle and brilliant young woman, and a wicked lampooning of campus life.
‘An unusual, involving literary mystery with a dry sense of humour’ Grazia
‘I enjoyed the wry take on academia; the visceral competition, the jaded supervisors, the imposing architecture, even the bars’ Daily Mail
‘Enormously entertaining’ Lionel Shriver
‘Lapidos' stabs at literary counterfeiting are inspired. She intersperses Anna's feckless investigation into Langley's past with notebook jottings that convincingly evoke the hunting and gathering of an alert writer as he sifts for fodder from childhood trauma and the detritus of daily experience’ New York Times Book Review
‘A smart, brilliant story – and so very wise and observant, and filled with such fabulously dry humour. I love it so much!’ Joanna Cannon
‘The ultimate literary caper … deliciously funny’ Helen Oyeyemi
‘A taut existential thriller for the philosophical detective in each of us… a gimlet-eyed, penetratingly comedic take on the campus novel’ Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
‘A clever and delightfully complicated debut novel… Each bend in this story raises more questions than are answered, in the best of ways and right to the end. More than a few little Easter eggs of literary trivia are offered along the way, too’ San Francisco Chronicle
‘A wry meditation on ambition and an ingeniously constructed parable for our times …. with wide-ranging erudition and pitch-perfect repartee’ Lucy Ives, author of Impossible Views of the World
‘A fast-moving, witty, literary adventure. With Pop-Tarts’ John Crowley, author of Little, Big
‘I love a campus novel, especially when nearly everyone on campus is equally clueless. With dry, witty prose and a motley assortment of sharp voices, Talent finds hypocrisy and obsession in all the right places’ Rosecrans Baldwin, author of The Last Kid Left
About the author
Juliet Lapidos is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Previously, she was editor of the op-ed page at the Los Angeles Times, an opinion editor at the New York Times, and a culture editor at Slate. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Phil from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar.
In her snappy debut, Lapidos questions cultural obsessions with productivity and maximized potential that date back to Jesus's parable of the talents. A graduate student at Collegiate University (a thinly veiled Yale) and on the cusp of 30, Anna struggles to complete her languishing dissertation on artistic inspiration, already looking ahead to "the life of a professor emerita" before her career has even begun. A chance encounter with Helen Langley at the grocery store puts her in "physical proximity to genetic proximity to fame": Helen is the niece of Frederick Langley, a deceased author of some renown who stopped writing after a promising early career. Helen is involved in a legal battle with Collegiate over its possession of Langley's unpublished notebooks, which the idling graduate student hopes to mine for material to kick-start her dissertation. The novel proceeds briskly as Anna delves into Frederick's papers to explain his premature retirement and as the impoverished Helen angles to secure the valuable manuscripts. Anna's voice is sharp and humorous, capturing the jaded graduate student's mix of posturing, snark, and self-loathing, but Frederick isn't as enigmatic as he's intended to be, and his scheming niece Helen is insufficiently drawn, which weakens the pull of the literary mystery. However, the novel is redeemed by its intelligent musings on the responsibilities of literary culture: what do talented authors owe their readers and themselves?