Published by Harper Perennial on July 3rd 2007
Genres: Adult fiction, Contemporary
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In this dazzling literary debut, Rebecca Curtis displays the gifts that make her one of the most talented writers of her generation. Her characters—young women struggling to find happiness, love, success, security, and adventure—wait tables, run away from home, fall for married men, betray their friends, and find themselves betrayed as well.
In "Hungry Self," a young waitress descends into the basement of a seemingly ordinary Chinese restaurant; in "Twenty Grand," a young wife tries to recover her lost fortune; in "Monsters," one family's paranoia leads to a sacrifice; and in "The Witches," an innocent swim on prom night proves more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With elegant prose and a wicked sense of humor, these stories reveal Curtis's provocative and uncompromising view of life, one that makes her writing so poignant and irresistible.
This book was, truly, very depressing and somewhat creepy. Ok, very creepy. It seemed to me that Rebecca, in her writing, was very courageous and very risky. She wrote, here, the sort of things that no one writes about, or is afraid to write about. How things really are, I suppose, but no one wants to admit. I realized, while reading this, that this is exactly my writing style. If I were to write something, it would be like this. I like awkward stories. I like truth, and not covering it up. This book had moments that scared me, and several moments where I could not believe what I was reading, and didn’t want to, and thought, ‘Surely there is a better ending, or a more realistic one?’ But that was silly. Of course, if these stories were real, the ending would be exactly as she had written, and I applaud her for that.