Author: Lara Williams
Pages: 144 Pages
“Dance like nobody gives a crap. Drink like you don’t have a family to go home to. Love because what else is the point.”
So says one of the characters in Lara Williams’ extraordinary debut collection. Treats is a break-up album of tales covering relationships, the tyranny of choice, and self navigation. This fresh, beguiling new voice paints a portrait of contemporary adulthood, balancing wry humour with a pervading sense of alienation in the digital era.
Williams’ characters struggle with how to negotiate intimacy within relationships and isolation when single, the pitfalls and indignities of dating, dragged down by dissatisfaction. Meanwhile the dilemmas of life play out, including abortion, depression, extra-marital affairs, infatuation, new baby anxiety, bereavement, hair loss, sexual ethics, cats, and taxidermy.
Treats is a collection of short stories by writer Lara Williams. I began to write “up-and-coming writer” but that felt like a disservice to Williams whose talent for writing is palpable. Her words dance off the page – she makes the mundane exciting and somewhat paradoxically makes the exciting seem mundane. All the stories in this wonderful collection pull emotion from you; whether that be sadness, humour or even a sense of nostalgia – Treats has is all.
This is the kind of collection that warrants a re-read. Indeed, I myself did just that. Some stories couldn’t be read just once; they needed a second viewing. Genuinely, they are that good.
I was excited to read Treats and I am excited now that I have read I because I have found a writer whose voice really resonated with me. Her stories are a social commentary for the disaffected 20-something.
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