Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction)

Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction)

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by Suzanne Tyrpak
     
 

Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that…  See more details below

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Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. CAUTION: if you’re contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you’re out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here’s a scary thought: maybe you’ve met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Joe Konrath gave it 5 stars and says, “Pure Comedic Brilliance.”

Nominated by The Romance Reviews for "Best Romantic Comedy--2010"

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Editorial Reviews

J. A. Konrath
Pure Comedic Brilliance

Suzanne Tyrpak has created a truly unique collection of short stories in this offering. It seems impossible that one woman has had such misfortune in the world of online dating, but Suzanne's bad luck is our reading enjoyment. Please believe me when I tell you that books that are simultaneously this insightful and hilarious do not come along all that often.You simply have to read this.
Terry Silver
If I could, I'd give "Dating My Vibrator" six or more stars. It's that funny and that well written. I've been disappointed in the past by books written by women that were advertised as being humorous, which I thought were more silly than funny. Suzanne is witty, intelligent, and indomitable. My sympathies, Suzanne, regarding your disastrous dates. Couldn't help laughing though. I'm looking forward to other works by you. Talk about making lemonade out of the lemons in your life . . . how about ma

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012264251
Publisher:
Who's Imagining All This?
Publication date:
03/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,192,447
File size:
998 KB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available as a trade paperback and in all eformats. Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, “Pure comedic brilliance.” Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition.

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Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
heather_adkins More than 1 year ago
These fun and quirky short stories are extremely well-written and thoughtful. At times they feel like poetry, other times like literature, and then, some of the stories are just plain hilarious. This book easily helps any woman understand that she is NOT alone in the dating pool, and yes, there are some ridiculous men swimming around out there.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Despite the controversial title, Dating My Vibrator isn't the smutty tale you would expect. Instead, it is a collection of nine short stories about dating after a long marriage. Some of the stories, some sad, some a little bit of both! Tyrpak's sense of humor with subjects and situations that I myself am all too familiar with was refreshing and fun. The first short story in the novel, Downhill, cracked me up, mainly because I have been in that situation myself. Tyrpak captured the situation and the feelings perfectly. Rock Bottom, the second story, was much sadder, and again,... I could relate. The next story, Not Nirvana, was both sad and extremely funny, once again perfectly capturing the conflicting emotions post-divorce. I didn't have a Dharma Dan in my life, but the story was absolutely hysterical, and more than a little creepy to know that these stories were based on real experiences! Dust of Souls was another heartwrenching story, but I felt it was a powerful one, perfectly depicting the loneliness that post-divorce life can bring. A Tiny Romance was one of the funniest, starring Sam, a post-divorce man who has sworn of women and romance. Double Date described every creepy, sketchy guy I dated, and made that particular story all too relatable! Phantom Library was definately different from the rest of the stories and I am not really sure I understood that one fully. It was very poetic and interesting to read, however. The final story in the collection was the titled story, Dating My Vibrator. This was my favorite in the collection, the one I most related to. Involving bad dates with a hypocritical guy who completely misrepresented himself, I came away from it shaking my head in sympathetic understanding! All of the stories were very well-written and so relatable to anyone who has been through a divorce. I highly suggest reading this fun collection!
Syria_Says More than 1 year ago
Storyline: Dating My Vibrator by Suzanne Tyrpak is just plain good. I absolutely relate. Some of the dates I've had.wow. The book is a collection of short stories that semi-chronicles her dating life (or lack-thereof) after her divorce. Ms. Tyrpak even included the dreaded "this is why the marriage failed" conversation. Fantastic. (In a horribly accurate kind of way.) How many of us have had that same conversation with a ridiculous ex? Spot on. Grammar/Spelling: I didn't notice any grammar or spellings errors. Character Development: Each of the guys in Dating My Vibrator embodies the fools that exist in the dating world. It truly is a wonder we ever actually meet The One. Suzanne introduces the reader to Jon, who is "committed to the arts" and apparently committed to saturated fats as well. He seems like a perfect match: enjoys writing, travel, is intelligent and articulate. They exchange samples of their written work, Suzanne dutifully reads his. He merely "looks over" hers. Hilarity ensues. Ahhh. A true gentlemen. Of course, her aide d'amour is featured quite prominently in one of the stories. Suzanne breaks down the pros and cons of having a boyfriend versus having just a battery operated boyfriend. The very same pros and cons that nearly every gal has mentally gone over when she's sitting across from a real charmer who is more interested in her mid-latitudes than a having an actual conversation. Writing Style: The style is very fluid and entertaining. With each short story dedicated to a either a bad dating experience or a post-divorce moment of clarity, it is definitely engaging and very difficult to put down. Continuity: No issues with continuity. Overall Rating: 4+ I truly enjoyed Ms. Tyrpak's collection of short stories, Dating My Vibrator. It was honest, humorous and even cathartic to some extent. I would recommend this to anyone who is having a tough time with their divorce or their dating life. This will make an excellent gift for some of my newly single friends!
Claudia Oakes More than 1 year ago
Lacks transition, not smooth....more like lyrics.