Crash Diet [NOOK Book]

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The woman can write!"
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"The woman can write!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616201999
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 4/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 372,380
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jill McCorkle

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Recommend

    Excellent writing. Characters come to life making you want more from the short stories

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Really good stuff

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Well, after trying to get through the free sample of book, I rea

    Well, after trying to get through the free sample of book, I realized her writing is just as superficial as she was in school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    PLZ READ

    If u watch Crash & Bernstein the tv show go to jessica day george first three res.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Enjoyable book.

    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.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    PIE

    Very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Read this if you are going to get this book

    It is not worth the time the stories are slow some have no real value

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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