And it is women’s unassuaged appetites — for food as well as sex — that is the main theme of Lara Williams’s debut novel. Twenty-nine-year-old Roberta has a dull job working at a fashion website, where she meets and befriends bisexual Stevie. They immediately hit it off and decide to start a supper club for themselves and other “hungry” women, who have been disappointed by men.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator
Naturally, every publisher is now in search of ‘the new Sally Rooney’ —though Rooney, who’s still in her 20s, is hardly past her sell-by date. But, while her influence on this debut is obvious, Lara Williams is very much a talent in her own right.... The real meat is Williams’s smart, zeitgeisty, but genuinely affecting, coming-of-age tale.