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Liska Jacobs

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Liska Jacobs is the author of two acclaimed novels, Catalina and The Worst Kind of Want both published by MCD | FSG. To quote a review in The Believer: "The Worst Kind of Want presents Jacobs at her best: thinking through the fraught ethical problems and pitfalls of desire... Jacobs is establishing herself as a novelist who can probe what it means to be both selfish and vulnerable, asking with bald-faced earnestness: What, in 2019, are adult women allowed to want—and at what cost?" Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions and The Hairpin among others. She has an MFA from the University of California, Riverside.

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Catalina

3.34 avg rating — 646 ratings — published 2017 — 6 editions
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The Worst Kind of Want

3.26 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 2019 — 10 editions
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“Want is insatiable. Even the gods were never satisfied.”
Liska Jacobs, The Worst Kind of Want

“I take a drag on the joint and exhale just as Hannah comes out with the aperitifs. “Aunt Cilla!” she cries. “I can’t believe Donato got you to smoke pot!” Her amusement embarrasses me and I try to sit up taller, straighten my blouse and slacks. But twilight is finally waning, evening is almost here, and my eyes are having a hard time adjusting to the change in light. “I’m hungry,” comes Donato’s voice, and then Hannah has switched places with him, wiggling in close. “Sorry it took me so long, Papa called. I said we were seeing a movie.”
Liska Jacobs, The Worst Kind of Want

“Not long after Hannah was born, she started to make her own herbal teas and salves. Soon she forbade anything processed; everything had to be homemade. It was maddening how self-righteous she was about it. If someone complained of an ailment, there was some elixir made from elderberry or turmeric that would help. Once she brought over carrot soup to help with Dad’s macular degeneration.”
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“I got quite used to changing that cheque, because you can get used to anything. You think: I'll never do that; and you find yourself doing it.”
Jean Rhys, Smile Please: An Unfinished Autobiography




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