Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories

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St. Martin's Press, May 27, 2008 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own mortality; and abominable children desperately try to grow up with grace. With a unique voice and dry humor, Willett gives us a new insight into human existence, showing us those specific moments in relationships when life suddenly becomes visible.

Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, Jenny and the Jaws of Life is being brought back due to popular demand. It's a timeless collection filled with a certain freshness and wit that ring just as loudly today.

 

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A character sounds the anthem for this well-wrought collection when she observes that "real life just happens, whereas stories make sense.'' Trapped in the chaos of life, Willett's peoplea ... Read full review

Contents

The Haunting of the Linguards
27
My Father at the Wheel
67
The Best of Betty
115
Justine Laughs at Death
155
The Jaws of Life
223
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Jincy Willett is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Her short stories have appeared in Playgirl, The Yale Review, and the Massachusetts Review.

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