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Crash Diet: Stories
Synopses & Reviews
"Invigorating . . . Savagely effective . . . Displays the same wit and ironic compassion that gained so many fans for her novels."
--The New York Times Book Review
Modern stories for modern times, Crash Diet is at once brilliant and bitter, happy and heartbreaking. In eleven stories, acclaimed novelist Jill McCorkle tells the varied tales of today's southern women, the lives they end up leading, and the loves that distract them. Sandra knows that the best revenge is her ex-husband's credit card; Ruthie is stuck owning a motel that the highway has bypassed; Anna is a widow who goes to airports and looks in on other people's lives; Bunny waits eagerly for her absent sister's postcards for advice on how to live.
Stuck in the slow lane, gunning their motors, they are women living the real life, hoping things will get better, but surprised when they occasionally do.
Here, from the remarkable novelist who wrote Ferris Beach, Tending to Virginia, July 7th, and The Cheer Leader, is Jill McCorkle's first book of short fiction. These eleven sparkling, uninhibited stories address her favorite subject: women who take matters into their own hands. McCorkle has yet again produced irrepressibly frank and funny portraits of remarkable characters.
Winner of the New England Booksellers Award for Fiction in 1993. "Invigorating . . . . Savagely effective . . . . Displays the same wit and ironic compassion that gained so many fans for (Jill McCorkle's) novels".--"The New York Times Book Review". "Haunting, beautifully crafted . . . . Relentlessly funny".--"Los Angeles Times Book Review".
About the Author
Jill McCorkle is the author of eight previous books, five of which were New York Times Notable Books. Two stories in Going Away Shoes were published in The Best American Short Stories. Winner of the New England Book Award, the Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives with her husband in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Crash diet — Man watcher — Gold mine — First Union blues — Departures — Comparison shopping — Migration of the love bugs — Waiting for hard times to end — Words gone bad — Sleeping Beauty, revised — Carnival lights.
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