The Brutal Language of Love: Stories (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 15, 2008 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Alicia Erian's characters are brave, disarming, affectionate, and deeply flawed. They inhabit the not-so-very-wide space between a good intention and a bad outcome. In "Alcatraz," we meet a middle-school spelling champion who spends her afternoons taking baths with the boy next door. In "Almonds and Cherries," a young woman turns an unexpectedly arousing bra-shopping experience into a short film, with ramifications for everyone around her. In "On the Occasion of My Ruination," a college-bound student plots to lose her virginity to a pizza parlor waiter. The Brutal Language of Love challenges traditional notions of right and wrong with what has become Erian's signature -- an achingly stylish humor and a deep understanding of the brutal truth about human nature. These surprising, provocative, and deeply resonant stories marked the emergence of a major talent
  

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Review: The Brutal Language of Love: Stories

User Review  - Steph - Goodreads

Discovering it's hard to rate a short story collection (I don't read enough of them). There were a few stories that I found myself getting really into, but others (only one or two) that I couldn't even remember only the day after reading them. All-in-all it was a quick read and I did enjoy it. Read full review

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User Review  - Elise Hamilton - Goodreads

"Brutal" is right! I have to admit that the stories in this collection are well written, but the stories themselves are not only unhappy, I found them disturbing. The protagonists are primarily women ... Read full review

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Contents

Standing Up to the Superpowers
1
Alcatraz
17
Almonds and Cherries
57
The Brutal Language of Love
137
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Alicia Erian is the author of a short story collection, The Brutal Language of Love. Her work has appeared in Playboy, Zoetrope, Nerve, The Iowa Review, and other publications. This is her first novel.

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