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Kate and Medaya talk with Garth Greenwell about his new book of fiction, Cleanness, the follow-up to his heralded debut What Belongs to You. Set in Bulgaria, where Greenwell taught in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008 and the social crises that followed, the book’s distinct nine chapters/stories focus on the narrator’s life as a teacher as well as his romantic and sexual experiences.

Also, director Celine Sciamma, whose latest film is Portrait of a Lady on Fire, returns to recommend the entire body of work of French author Virginie Despentes.