Erin Bartnett is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. She is also a fiction editor for the literary magazine, American Chordata. Twitter: @erinkbart Website: www.erinbartnett.com
Conversations With Friends by the debut Irish novelist Sally Rooney is equal parts coming of age story and cultural commentary. The novel is filled with brittle humor, vivid dialogue, and angular iterations of love. It is a love story, with the syrupy sweet stuff drained out.
Being a writer—anywhere, but especially in New York—can be ugly, lonely work. Being a writer in New York means walking through identity after identity without the right props.