Motel Girl

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Red Hen Press, 2008 - Fiction - 177 pages
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These stories take the reader on journeys realist and absurd, meta-fictional and post-modern. Motel Girl is peopled by the colorful, the transcendent, the sane and insane—by egoists, self-deprecators, demons and drunks, by the well-meaning, and by monsters. From a Muscovite torn between the affections of her live-in bear and her boyfriend to a corporate bureaucrat who discovers the secret to immortality in a decrepit art museum, from a vengeful adolescent motel clerk to a legal proofreader poisoned on a subway platform, these short stories play by rules that might seem unorthodox to some, refreshing to others. This collection is proof that the form is alive and well—and breaking new ground—in the first decade of the 21st century.

Motel Girl amounts to an exploration of the contemporary laws of romance, longing and sex, of how the computerized, branded universe is now fully integrated into the fabric of our thought and behavior. Join in the journey, a frenetic and disarming joy ride. Taken as a whole, these stories create a new paradigm for the American short story, an expansion in narrative reach, creative power, and experimentation.

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Realistic absurdity ties together the short stories Sanders's intelligent and funny collection. Throughout, unsuspecting protagonists become entangled in bizarre (and yet vaguely believable ... Read full review


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Greg Sanders was born in 1965 in White Plains, New York and grew up there and, later, in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson. He was a long-distance runner at Hastings High and in 1988 graduated with a B.A. from the University of Vermont, where he was a double-major of Mathematics and English (that school’s first). In 1990 he briefly went to graduate school for applied mathematics and statistics before accepting a job as an actuarial analyst with A.I.G., where he worked until 1994. Several jobs and a decade later, he graduated with an M.F.A. in creative writing from The New School University. Throughout his adult life, Greg has written short stories and many have appeared in magazines both online and in print, including Mississippi Review,Pindeldyboz, Opium Magazine and the anthologies Blue Cathedral and The Crucifix is Down, both published by Red Hen Press. He currently lives in the East Village, earns his living as a technical writer, and is at work on a second collection of short stories, a novel, and numerous hybrid creative projects.

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