Here, from the remarkable novelist who wrote Ferris Beach, Tending to Virginia, July 7th, and The Cheer Leader, is Jill McCorkle's first book of short fiction. These eleven sparkling, uninhibited stories address her favorite subject: women who take matters into their own hands. McCorkle has yet again produced irrepressibly frank and funny portraits of remarkable characters.
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These stories all feature female characters searching for good-hearted, true, grown-up men. The women range in age, race, region, economic circumstance; they are with and without children, single and married. Some are down and out after marriages gone bad, husbands who have had affairs or just left for unexplained reasons. They all come from dysfunctional families though they keep up pretenses.One of my favorites is "Carnival Lights" in which a high school girl's reputation is smeared when the girl attempts to divert attention away from an older woman's affair, the married mother of her boyfriend; the woman doesn't even much like her. It is the kind of story I like in which small circumstances lead to large complications and interesting character revelations. Full of wit and tragedy, they even indulge in occasional metaphor and simile; McCorkle sparkles as a connoisseur storyteller.more