A young woman moves from the countryside to the city. Inexplicably, inexorably and immediately, she falls in love with another woman for the first time in her life. Finn is nineteen years older than her, wears men’s clothes, has a cocky smirk of a smile – and a long-term girlfriend. With precision, wit and tenderness, WOMEN charts the frenzy and the fall out of love.
“One of the hottest and saddest and best books I’ve ever read.”
—Zoe Kazan, actress and playwright
“Heady, evocative and sensual. Caldwell’s exploration of relationships and identity blends brutal and fragile truths with great skill. A remarkable talent.”
—Anneliese Mackintosh, author of Any Other Mouth
“Her books are poetic, intimate page-turners, and demonstrate Caldwell’s knack for slicing through the bullshit. One of the most endearing and exciting writers of a generation.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“Proving herself an invaluable voice in queer literature.” —OUT Magazine
Women is a novella that explores an affair and the aftermath between two women nineteen years apart. The book is about the blurred line of female friendship, about being a daughter, a mother, a woman, and a friend. It’s an urgent recall of a heartbreak and a stark identity in crisis.
“Women by Chloe Caldwell is a beautiful read/a perfect primer for an explosive lesbian affair/an essential truth.”
I'll Tell You in Person
I’ll Tell You in Person is a candid and captivating account of attempts at adulthood and all the less-than-perfect ways we get there. Disarmingly frank essays on sexuality, celebrity, acne, wanting to write, and the eternal what-should-I-do-with-my-life. Exploring the boundaries between friends and family, hobbies and obsessions, and honesty and oversharing, Chloe Caldwell showcases an irresistible talent for navigating the infinite territory of in-between.
LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one woman's life. Caldwell's writing remarkably explores the genre of personal nonfiction in new and unpredictable ways.
"LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a scorching hot glitter box full of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic." --Cheryl Strayed
"For the reader, going astray means getting happily lost in the prose of this daring, graceful, debut." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
“The essays in this collection are as exuberant as they are sad. Her storytelling is as vulnerable as it is bombastic. These essays roll in gangsta, but wear freshly picked daisies in their hair. –Rookie Magazine
“Legs Get Led Astray swells with a bruised innocence and self-indulgence reminiscent of two great story collections that preceded it, Susan Minot’s Lust and Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior. Like theirs, Caldwell’s is a contemporary slice of sex and struggle.” –Bitch Magazine