An erotic and darkly comic novel about female friendship, set at the intersection between counterculture and the multimillion-dollar art industry.
Stephanie LaCava is a writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Vogue, and Interview.
"Stephanie LaCava's exploration of the cracks and fault lines in
human identity is so sharp it nearly bleeds. The
Superrationals is a spell of a book. So cool and knowing on the
surface, it delves deep into our own silences, ellipses, and
selfillusions, how we do and don't connect the dots on the world
- Christopher Bollen, author of The Destroyers
"At one point in Stephanie LaCava's novel The Superrationals, someone quotes Hans Bellmer: 'What is at stake here is a totally new unity of form, meaning and feeling: languageimages that cannot simply be thought up or written up.' Stephanie has written an entire novel exploring Bellmer's idea, and the result is a haunting work of fiction which wrings dreamlike languageimages from the world, like the novel Nadja would have written if Andre Breton had let her, or the film Belle de Jour would have made had she torn the camera away from Bun uel. The Superrationals has stayed with me since I first read it."
- Lauren Elkin, Author of Fla neuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London
"These glimpses of young women just starting out - working vacuous jobs, sleeping with the wrong guys, embracing and then resisting the fake cosmopolitanism of our time - is like a perfectly edited film: daggerlike dialogue, throwaway lines that reveal volumes of heartbreak, hilarious shrieks delivered in the driest of voices. I hated reading this onscreen: there was just too damn much I wanted to underline. It's incredible how much wisdom Stephanie LaCava has packed into story of all the ways people connect, and all the ways they don't."
- Benjamin Moser, author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, and Sontag: Her Life and Work