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Crash Diet
     

Crash Diet

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by Jill McCorkle
 

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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

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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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The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The woman can write!"

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this peppery, potent collection by McCorkle ( Ferris Beach ), 11 memorable women, ranging from high school student to retiree, confide details of troubled relationships. Without fail, their voices, hopes and sorrows hit the mark; it's easy to empathize with them and to uneasily recall moments when our own lives have mirrored theirs. Optimism and sorrow are here in equal measure: the title story's chronic dieter, abandoned by her husband, surprises herself by coping with marital crisis and unwittingly losing weight. The selective, feisty narrator of ``Man Watcher'' admits that her search for a male partner may be a ``snipe hunt,'' the undeniably odd main character of ``Comparison Shopping'' learns with dismay that a couple on The New Newlywed Game consider her their ``weirdest friend,'' and the teenage heroine of ``Carnival Lights'' discovers that the hottest gossip in town is about her boyfriend's mom. In the wrenching ``Departures,'' an inconsolable widow spends time utterly alone in busy airports and malls, and in ``Waiting for Hard Times to End,'' a girl worries when an expected postcard from her freewheeling, fearless older sister fails to arrive. McCorkle imbues her capable women with extraordinary depth and dimension, and she resolves their situations with enchanting grace and wit. (May)
Library Journal
In her first short story collection, McCorkle resumes her remarkable storytelling skills, already demonstrated in four well-received novels: The Cheer Leader (Algonquin, 1984), July 7th (Algonquin, 1984), Tending to Virginia ( LJ 9/1/87), and Ferris Beach ( LJ 9/15/90). Widows, recent divorcees, teenage girls, retired women, and single mothers populate these pages. Each woman imparts to McCorkle's fortunate readers a touching, downright bone-tickling account of her individual struggle in the New South. Despite the variety of voices, any of these women might easily conclude, as does Norlina in ``Comparison Shopping,'' ``I feel for the first time that there is a place for me in this world and I no longer need a passport to get there.'' Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/92.--Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449912546
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books—four story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jillmccorkle.com. 

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Crash Diet 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing. Characters come to life making you want more from the short stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good stories. Stunning ability to write from different points of view. If you know how to appreciate a short story, then get in on these.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, after trying to get through the free sample of book, I realized her writing is just as superficial as she was in school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u watch Crash & Bernstein the tv show go to jessica day george first three res.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like short stories, you'll like this book. The author has quite an ability to develop stories in a short amount of time, and an understanding for different character's points of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not worth the time the stories are slow some have no real value