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Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories

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Publisher Comments:

In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own mortality; and abominable children desperately try to grow up with grace. With a unique voice and dry humor, Willett gives us a new insight into human existence, showing us those specific moments in relationships when life suddenly becomes visible.

Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, Jenny and the Jaws of Life is being brought back due to popular demand. It's a timeless collection filled with a certain freshness and wit that ring just as loudly today.

Review:

"Willett is a marvelous philosopher and humanist, even when writing about subjects that beg for a knee-jerk reaction....Willett is alive to the absurd in American culture and the tragicomic struggle for dignity that we often lose." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Willett's characters are an odd lot ? ranging from advice columnist to serial killer ? but they share a profound loneliness and make for a great, darkly comic collection. Need a second opinion? In the foreword, brilliant humorist (and Esquire contributing editor) David Sedaris writes: 'I am prepared to wear a sandwich board for this book. I can't help myself. It's just too good.'" Elizabeth Einstein, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopsis:

Jincy Willett is the high priestess of dark comedy. The classic stories in this collection cut through every convention, every idea of normalcy, with empathy and fearless wit, undermining all the old ideas about the happy family, the good son, the dutiful mother. In Willett's world, perversity and tenderness walk hand in hand; there's laughter and funerals, ambivalence in the nursery, and redemption for the wicked. As David Sedaris writes in his foreword, "I'm prepared to wear a sandwich board for this book. I can't help myself. It' just too good."

Synopsis:

Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, this timeless collection of stories features eccentric, complex characters who think and do the unconventional.

About the Author

Jincy Willett is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Her short stories have appeared in Playgirl, The Yale Review, and the Massachusetts Review.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312306182
Foreword:
Sedaris, David
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Foreword by:
Sedaris, David
Foreword:
Sedaris, David
Author:
Sedaris, David
Author:
Willett, Jincy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Black humor
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.601 in

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Product details 272 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312306182 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Willett is a marvelous philosopher and humanist, even when writing about subjects that beg for a knee-jerk reaction....Willett is alive to the absurd in American culture and the tragicomic struggle for dignity that we often lose."
"Review" by , "Willett's characters are an odd lot ? ranging from advice columnist to serial killer ? but they share a profound loneliness and make for a great, darkly comic collection. Need a second opinion? In the foreword, brilliant humorist (and Esquire contributing editor) David Sedaris writes: 'I am prepared to wear a sandwich board for this book. I can't help myself. It's just too good.'" (read the entire Esquire review)
"Synopsis" by ,

Jincy Willett is the high priestess of dark comedy. The classic stories in this collection cut through every convention, every idea of normalcy, with empathy and fearless wit, undermining all the old ideas about the happy family, the good son, the dutiful mother. In Willett's world, perversity and tenderness walk hand in hand; there's laughter and funerals, ambivalence in the nursery, and redemption for the wicked. As David Sedaris writes in his foreword, "I'm prepared to wear a sandwich board for this book. I can't help myself. It' just too good."

"Synopsis" by , Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, this timeless collection of stories features eccentric, complex characters who think and do the unconventional.
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