Crash Diet: Stories

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Algonquin Books, 1997 - Fiction - 253 pages
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"Invigorating . . . Savagely effective . . . Displays the same wit and ironic compassion that gained so many fans for her novels."
--The New York Times Book Review

Modern stories for modern times, Crash Diet is at once brilliant and bitter, happy and heartbreaking. In eleven stories, acclaimed novelist Jill McCorkle tells the varied tales of today's southern women, the lives they end up leading, and the loves that distract them. Sandra knows that the best revenge is her ex-husband's credit card; Ruthie is stuck owning a motel that the highway has bypassed; Anna is a widow who goes to airports and looks in on other people's lives; Bunny waits eagerly for her absent sister's postcards for advice on how to live.

Stuck in the slow lane, gunning their motors, they are women living the real life, hoping things will get better, but surprised when they occasionally do.
 

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In her first short story collection, McCorkle resumes her remarkable storytelling skills, already demonstrated in four well-received novels: The Cheer Leader (Algonquin, 1984), July 7th (Algonquin ... Read full review

Contents

Crash Diet
1
Man Watcher
20
Gold Mine
37
First Union Blues
63
Departures
87
Comparison Shopping
115
Migration of the Love Bugs
139
Waiting for Hard Times to End
156
Words Gone Bad
177
Sleeping Beauty Revised
196
Carnival Lights
215
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