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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 1, 2000 - Fiction - 224 pages
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story number 13 from Anthropology
"My girlfriend left me, and I started crying in my sleep. My nightly lament became so loud that my neighbors called the police. The press found out, and people came to stand outside my house to hear me call her name and moan. Television crews arrived, and soon a search was on to find the object of my misery. They tracked her to her new boyfriend's house. I watched the coverage. People were saying they had expected her to be much more beautiful than she was, and that I should pull myself together and stop crying over such an ordinary girl."
In 101 words each, the 101 witty, haunting stories of Anthropology chronicle the search for love in an age preoccupied with sex. Each story is a pure distillation of heartbreak, longing, delusion, and bliss. Each spins speedily, shockingly, to its unpredictable climax. And each is unlike anything you have read before.
Anthropology's macabre humor builds imperceptibly, story by story and girlfriend by girlfriend, until it reflects with surreal accuracy how we try to complete ourselves through--or at the expense of--another. Read it to laugh and forget your sorrows; read it to recognize and remember your delights; read it to discover a vivid, provocative new talent.

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This has to be the funniest thing I've ever read. Something strange happened when I moved through these stories – although the first couple weren't hilarious, I read most of the others with tears streaming down my face. Fantastic. An absolute gem. And each contains 101 words. Read full review

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I recently purged many of my books (I know... crazy!). This is one book I could never part with. I purchased the UK version many years ago and I think it has the best cover version by far (the bright ... Read full review

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About the Author

Dan Rhodes was born in 1972. He lives in Kent, England. This is his first book. His e-mail address is

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