Twenty Grand

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 272 pages
21 Reviews

In this dazzling literary debut, Rebecca Curtis displays the gifts that make her one of the most talented writers of her generation. Her characters—young women struggling to find happiness, love, success, security, and adventure—wait tables, run away from home, fall for married men, betray their friends, and find themselves betrayed as well.

In "Hungry Self," a young waitress descends into the basement of a seemingly ordinary Chinese restaurant; in "Twenty Grand," a young wife tries to recover her lost fortune; in "Monsters," one family's paranoia leads to a sacrifice; and in "The Witches," an innocent swim on prom night proves more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With elegant prose and a wicked sense of humor, these stories reveal Curtis's provocative and uncompromising view of life, one that makes her writing so poignant and irresistible.

 

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Review: Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love and Money

User Review  - Joan Colby - Goodreads

I liked the reality-based stories most: Twenty Grand, The Alpine Slide, The Witches, Summer With Twins. My favorite The Alpine Slide, like many of the others is set in New Hampshire and has a teenage ... Read full review

Review: Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love and Money

User Review  - Zach - Goodreads

The best stories in this collection are some of the best short stories I've ever read. Curtis is a rarity in the vein of George Saunders; she has complete control of/over her unique voice. Read full review

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Rebecca Curtis's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, including its debut fiction issue, as well as in Harper's, McSweeney's, and n+1. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and her work has been selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.

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