Friday, January 06, 2006

4. “The Girls” Guide to Hunting and Fishing” ~ Melissa Bank

Rather than string along a number of plot points of a single character's life, Bank's chose to relay Jane's story through a cluster of short stories. Brava.

Each story stands on its own, threaded with beautiful details (like the selections of food that go with the mood) and amazing dialogue. The book should be read for the dialogue alone.

However, I felt like I knew Jane a little too well, not that I had met her before, but I have read her before. Bank's reminds me of Aimee Bender and Lorrie Moore, especially when she writes anagrams and twistful/wistful banter.Still, I finished it in a day and look forward to reading more of her work.

4.5 out of 5.0 Vodka Chillers.

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