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Book Title: Girls' Guide to Hunting & Fishing|
The author of the book: Melissa Bank
Edition: Diane Pub Co
Date of issue: January 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780756794989
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 965 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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I couldn't believe the disconnect between the reviews of this book and its content. The New Yorker actually compares it to Bridget Jones, because, you know, all books written by women with a female protagonist in her 20s are the same. I thought this read like serious literary fiction. If a guy had written this book, he'd be called the next Salinger. If an older woman had written this book her name would be Abigail Thomas and it would be a memoir titled Safekeeping .
To be fair, I picked this up at a thrift store while on vacation and given the chick-litty appearance of it I had low expectations. By the first few pages, I realized this was not going to be some silly dating stories. This was serious. Good serious.
The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because of the bizarre placement of the story titled "The Best Possible Light." I got all excited to jump into the future with future-Jane. Then it turns out this is a story from the first-person point of view of a once-mentioned neighbor. That'd be fine if it ever happened again in the collection, but it doesn't, which is weird. I trust that Bank is so smart she had a reason for it, but I searched for meta-clues in the text and couldn't find any.
Anyways, it didn't matter. This book was serious, lovely, beautifully written, and funny and I hope someday it gets another shot with the critics.
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Read information about the author"Melissa Bank (born in 1961 in Philadelphia) is an American author. She has published two books, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, a volume of short stories, and The Wonder Spot," a novel, which have been translated into over thirty languages. Bank was the winner of the 1993 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
Bank was born in Philadelphia; her father, a neurologist, died of leukemia in his late 50s. Bank attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges,and has an MFA from Cornell University."
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