ANC019: Laps by JoAnna Novak
White bread sandwiching pickles and snoot. The nostrils, twin commas. Looks fine, no bristles. If I blink, the clouds in the afternoon sky spell shapes.
“Tell me what this tastes like,” you say.
“Eat it yourself.”
The bite heats an oily whisper.
In these exquisite stories, as edgy as they are heart-rending, JoAnna Novak explores the bottomless appetites of girls; on the verge of becoming women, her characters crave everything from food to love to complete transformation. Laps is a dark love song to desire. No one writes about hunger quite like JoAnna Novak does.
—Diana Spechler, author of Who by Fire and Skinny.