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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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

I read this book while laying on the beach, and felt like it was the perfect book. A collection of stories that are a delightful insight on sexuality. This isn't erotica, but more or less short story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lindsey - Goodreads

tore through this book; loved these stories. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

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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