Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories
by Jincy Willett
David Sedaris Loves This Book
A review by Elizabeth Einstein
We can accept that Mötley Crüe and Members Only have faded into obscurity, but some artifacts from the eighties are worth reviving. Exhibit A: Jincy Willett's exquisite volume of short stories, Jenny & the Jaws of Life, first published in 1987 and recently rereleased by Thomas Dunne Books. 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."
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