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Wednesday, December 4th, 2002


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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