Synopses & Reviews
"Defending the much-maligned genre, recently dealt a slap with the Elizabeth Merrick-edited collection This is Not Chick Lit, author and former PW reviewer Baratz-Logsted has produced a comeback anthology that asks, 'Are women really criticizing each other about what they're reading?' Though they may be, the ensuing conversation is producing grist for hungry authors. This round up of 18 chick lit tales offers plenty of enthusiasm and creativity, but suffers in the inevitable comparison to This is Not. The authors here, including Jennifer Coburn, Gena Showalter, Karin Gillespie, Johanna Edwards and Rachel Pine, have produced undeniably lively, inventive stories that pair expected elements (jerk ex-boyfriends, jealous girlfriends, insecure spinsters, unruly toddlers and demanding mothers) alongside spies, ghosts, futuristic dating databases, third eyes and house-size pumpkins. Authors also get to cheer on their genre in notes that follow each story; 'I loved Chick-Lit before Chick Lit was even a genre,' gushes Cara Lockwood at the conclusion of 'The Commitment Phobe,' a story about a relationship in which 'either he will marry her, or she will kill him.' Unfortunately, the stories are by and large marred with ho-hum dialogue, clichéd characters and unpolished endings, ultimately working to reinforce claims that chick lit trades smarts and craftsmanship for easy laughs and themes that pander to female audiences. Enjoyable and eager, this will please fans who took umbrage at the Merrick gang's salvo, but probably won't win any converts." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Chick-lit authors fight back with this collection of stories by women writers proud to wear the chick-lit label.
Chick-lit devotees will appreciate discovering new authors, and the uninitiated will be pleasantly surprised.”
"A long overdue and smart answer to the naysayers of an often maligned genre."
Nelson DeMille, author, Plum Island
"Like a lot of snotty literary types, I have often sneered at chick litI'm here to tell you: I was wrong."
The genre of fiction known as "chick-lit" has been a lightning rod for debate in the world of literature, raising questions such as Is chick-lit really literature or just harmless fluff? Is this really an accurate portrayal of the lives of modern women? Eighteen renowned authorsincluding Jennifer Coburn, Raelynn Hillhouse, Harley Jane Kozak, Cara Lockwood, and Rachel Pineweigh in with the best of chick-lit, proving that this genre deserves as much, or more, respect as any other. In addition to their story, each author elaborates on her feelings about the chick-lit” label and recommends literary fiction writers that have inspired them.
About the Author
Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of Crossing the Line, A Little Change of Face, and The Thin Pink Line. She is a former independent bookseller, book reviewer, and freelance editor. She lives in Danbury, CT.