Lynn Steger Strong


Want is a novel about a woman, Elizabeth, who is dealing with problems in her own life from motherhood, financial anxiety, anger and friendship. She’s tired from trying to balance her life and the book explores ‘the subtle violence enacted on a certain type of woman when she dares to want things’.

There was an extract of this book on Electric Literature which, after I read, I bought the book because I felt like reading some fiction. I really enjoy these sorts of novels with a stream of consciousness and an intimate look inside the mind of another, even if they are fictional. You find that you feel a part of Elizabeth’s life and feel the way she reacts to things through her perspective. There’s a sort of separation with the other characters in the book which coincides with her moods and it’s just an interesting read.

I’d recommend if you’re interested in these sorts of novels. I’ve heard a few people say that it’s depressing but I sort of like that aspect of it. It’s not going to change your life, but I find there’s a fair amount of depth in the main character and this makes the whole book.