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Bummer : And Other Stories - Janice Shapiro

Bummer

And Other Stories

Paperback

Published: 1st November 2010
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The women featured in these stories have one thing in common: They’re having a terrible day.

There’s the housewife so entranced by the pristine order of her neighbors’ belongings that she can’t stop herself from breaking into their home. There’s the mother easing her young son through the trauma of a murder, suddenly confronted with the reappearance of his father. There’s the vulnerable middle-aged woman stuck in a coffee-chain job alongside snotty college kids, the talent manager supervising a corral of misguided young stars, and the spiky-haired artist who literally dumps her slacker fiancé—from a moving car—and moves angrily through Vegas, hitting the bars and casinos before engaging in an ill-advised fling with a sleazy player named Ramon.

Janice Shapiro has created a cast of utterly distinct outsiders, yet her earthy warmth and asymmetrical humor so suffuse the stories that they surge with a collective voice, and the reader’s experience is that of getting to know a group of close-knit but independent friends. Shapiro’s gift for pitch-perfect dialogue—along with her instinctual ease in writing about such fraught topics as commercial sex, death, and the everyday tragedies of growing older—makes her voice one to be relished: tough-minded, sardonic, intimate, and free.

Praise for Bummer "The stories of Janice Shapiro's debut collection, Bummer, are told in a voice so natural and earnest, in sentences that so resemble the searching way we speak, you may just forget you're reading a book." --The Brooklyn Rail "The attitude of these short fictions is as spiky as the green Mohawk coiffure worn by Alison, the narrator of the title story . . . These stories speak with a bold, distinctive voice indicative of intelligence and offbeat, cynical humor." --Boston Globe "Shapiro's agile voice, generous humor, and balance of the tragic and vulnerable keep potentially depressing or ludicrous moments from sliding into cheap melodrama or cheekiness . . . Shapiro refreshingly writes with a brisk voice that casually balances the preposterous and the mundane. Grounding these stories is the clarity of Shapiro's vision of these women's inner lives, the way fears and desires are entangled, the way motivations for action get thwarted by the safety of inaction." --Baltimore City Paper "Janice Shapiro has a powerful narrative drive and a brilliant ear for dialogue. These stories are funny, wrenching, and always smart. Reading them is a rare pleasure." --Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love "Shapiro's 11 stories offer engaging and clever portraits of characters dealing with life's troubling side effects." --Booklist "In the best of these stories, the women bravely gather up every scrap of 'cockeyed dignity' they have and forge ahead. They may know from the beginning that the house always wins, but they haven't given up . . . [Bummer's stories] are captivating in their unflinching portrayals of individuals confronting a largely hostile or indifferent world." --The Rumpus "Crisp, refreshing and affecting." --Kirkus (starred review) "Darkly funny, sexy, and very smart." --Tom Perrotta "This amazingly gutsy, fully voiced book bears comparison with the best work of Antonya Nelson, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Amy Hempel, and Lorrie Moore." --David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto "The breath of life flows through every one of Janice Shapiro's wonderful stories, and you can feel the heart beating very close to the surface. Bummer is terrifically smart, with a kind of comic energy that can swerve at any moment into eloquent brokenheartedness. I loved this book." --Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love "Janice Shapiro's Bummer is bold, brave, and bitingly clever. Defying stereotypes and easy characterizations, Shapiro's female characters are sharp, intelligent, rebellious, bighearted, stubborn, independent, and emotionally fraught all at once. Shapiro's keen ear for dialogue and her deep and appealing humor make this collection an undeniable pleasure to read." -Victoria Patterson, author of Drift: Stories and This Vacant Paradise Praise for Bummer "The stories of Janice Shapiro's debut collection, Bummer, are told in a voice so natural and earnest, in sentences that so resemble the searching way we speak, you may just forget you're reading a book." --The Brooklyn Rail "The attitude of these short fictions is as spiky as the green Mohawk coiffure worn by Alison, the narrator of the title story . . . These stories speak with a bold, distinctive voice indicative of intelligence and offbeat, cynical humor." --Boston Globe "Shapiro's agile voice, generous humor, and balance of the tragic and vulnerable keep potentially depressing or ludicrous moments from sliding into cheap melodrama or cheekiness . . . Shapiro refreshingly writes with a brisk voice that casually balances the preposterous and the mundane. Grounding these stories is the clarity of Shapiro's vision of these women's inner lives, the way fears and desires are entangled, the way motivations for action get thwarted by the safety of inaction." --Baltimore City Paper "Janice Shapiro has a powerful narrative drive and a brilliant ear for dialogue. These stories are funny, wrenching, and always smart. Reading them is a rare pleasure." --Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love "Shapiro's 11 stories offer engaging and clever portraits of characters dealing with life's troubling side effects." --Booklist "In the best of these stories, the women bravely gather up every scrap of 'cockeyed dignity' they have and forge ahead. They may know from the beginning that the house always wins, but they haven't given up . . . [Bummer's stories] are captivating in their unflinching portrayals of individuals confronting a largely hostile or indifferent world." --The Rumpus "Crisp, refreshing and affecting." --Kirkus (starred review) "Darkly funny, sexy, and very smart." --Tom Perrotta "This amazingly gutsy, fully voiced book bears comparison with the best work of Antonya Nelson, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Amy Hempel, and Lorrie Moore." --David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto "The breath of life flows through every one of Janice Shapiro's wonderful stories, and you can feel the heart beating very close to the surface. Bummer is terrifically smart, with a kind of comic energy that can swerve at any moment into eloquent brokenheartedness. I loved this book." --Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love "Janice Shapiro's Bummer is bold, brave, and bitingly clever. Defying stereotypes and easy characterizations, Shapiro's female characters are sharp, intelligent, rebellious, bighearted, stubborn, independent, and emotionally fraught all at once. Shapiro's keen ear for dialogue and her deep and appealing humor make this collection an undeniable pleasure to read." -Victoria Patterson, author of Drift: Stories and This Vacant Paradise Praise for Bummer -The stories of Janice Shapiro's debut collection, Bummer, are told in a voice so natural and earnest, in sentences that so resemble the searching way we speak, you may just forget you're reading a book.- --The Brooklyn Rail -The attitude of these short fictions is as spiky as the green Mohawk coiffure worn by Alison, the narrator of the title story . . . These stories speak with a bold, distinctive voice indicative of intelligence and offbeat, cynical humor.- --Boston Globe -Shapiro's agile voice, generous humor, and balance of the tragic and vulnerable keep potentially depressing or ludicrous moments from sliding into cheap melodrama or cheekiness . . . Shapiro refreshingly writes with a brisk voice that casually balances the preposterous and the mundane. Grounding these stories is the clarity of Shapiro's vision of these women's inner lives, the way fears and desires are entangled, the way motivations for action get thwarted by the safety of inaction.- --Baltimore City Paper -Janice Shapiro has a powerful narrative drive and a brilliant ear for dialogue. These stories are funny, wrenching, and always smart. Reading them is a rare pleasure.- --Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love -Shapiro's 11 stories offer engaging and clever portraits of characters dealing with life's troubling side effects.- --Booklist -In the best of these stories, the women bravely gather up every scrap of 'cockeyed dignity' they have and forge ahead. They may know from the beginning that the house always wins, but they haven't given up . . . [Bummer's stories] are captivating in their unflinching portrayals of individuals confronting a largely hostile or indifferent world.- --The Rumpus -Crisp, refreshing and affecting.- --Kirkus (starred review) -Darkly funny, sexy, and very smart.- --Tom Perrotta -This amazingly gutsy, fully voiced book bears comparison with the best work of Antonya Nelson, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Amy Hempel, and Lorrie Moore.- --David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto -The breath of life flows through every one of Janice Shapiro's wonderful stories, and you can feel the heart beating very close to the surface. Bummer is terrifically smart, with a kind of comic energy that can swerve at any moment into eloquent brokenheartedness. I loved this book.- --Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love -Janice Shapiro's Bummer is bold, brave, and bitingly clever. Defying stereotypes and easy characterizations, Shapiro's female characters are sharp, intelligent, rebellious, bighearted, stubborn, independent, and emotionally fraught all at once. Shapiro's keen ear for dialogue and her deep and appealing humor make this collection an undeniable pleasure to read.- -Victoria Patterson, author of Drift: Stories and This Vacant Paradise Praise for "Bummer" "The stories of Janice Shapiro's debut collection, "Bummer," are told in a voice so natural and earnest, in sentences that so resemble the searching way we speak, you may just forget you're reading a book." --"The Brooklyn Rail" "The attitude of these short fictions is as spiky as the green Mohawk coiffure worn by Alison, the narrator of the title story . . . These stories speak with a bold, distinctive voice indicative of intelligence and offbeat, cynical humor." --"Boston Globe" "Shapiro's agile voice, generous humor, and balance of the tragic and vulnerable keep potentially depressing or ludicrous moments from sliding into cheap melodrama or cheekiness . . . Shapiro refreshingly writes with a brisk voice that casually balances the preposterous and the mundane. Grounding these stories is the clarity of Shapiro's vision of these women's inner lives, the way fears and desires are entangled, the way motivations for action get thwarted by the safety of inaction." --"Baltimore City Paper" "Janice Shapiro has a powerful narrative drive and a brilliant ear for dialogue. These stories are funny, wrenching, and always smart. Reading them is a rare pleasure." --Katherine Dunn, author of "Geek Love" "Shapiro's 11 stories offer engaging and clever portraits of characters dealing with life's troubling side effects." --"Booklist" "In the best of these stories, the women bravely gather up every scrap of 'cockeyed dignity' they have and forge ahead. They may know from the beginning that the house always wins, but they haven't given up . . . ["Bummer"'s stories] are captivating in their unflinching portrayals of individuals confronting a largely hostile or indifferent world." --"The Rumpus" "Crisp, refreshing and affecting." --"Kirkus" (starred review) "Darkly funny, sexy, and very smart." --Tom Perrotta "This amazingly gutsy, fully voiced book bears comparison with the best work of Antonya Nelson, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Amy Hempel, and Lorrie Moore." --David Shields, author of "Reality Hunger: A Manifesto" "The breath of life flows through every one of Janice Shapiro's wonderful stories, and you can feel the heart beating very close to the surface. "Bummer" is terrifically smart, with a kind of comic energy that can swerve at any moment into eloquent brokenheartedness. I loved this book." --Charles Baxter, author of "The Feast of Love" "Janice Shapiro's "Bummer" is bold, brave, and bitingly clever. Defying stereotypes and easy characterizations, Shapiro's female characters are sharp, intelligent, rebellious, bighearted, stubborn, independent, and emotionally fraught all at once. Shapiro's keen ear for dialogue and her deep and appealing humor make this collection an undeniable pleasure to read." -Victoria Patterson, author of "Drift: Stories" and "This Vacant Paradise"

ISBN: 9781593762964
ISBN-10: 1593762968
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Counterpoint,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.21