Motel Girl

Motel Girl

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by Greg Sanders
     
 

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These stories take the reader on journeys realist and absurd, meta-fictional and post-modern. Motel Girl is peopled by the colorful, the transcendent, the sane and insane—by egoists, self-deprecators, demons and drunks, by the well-meaning, and by monsters. From a Muscovite torn between the affections of her live-in bear and her boyfriend to a corporate…  See more details below

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These stories take the reader on journeys realist and absurd, meta-fictional and post-modern. Motel Girl is peopled by the colorful, the transcendent, the sane and insane—by egoists, self-deprecators, demons and drunks, by the well-meaning, and by monsters. From a Muscovite torn between the affections of her live-in bear and her boyfriend to a corporate bureaucrat who discovers the secret to immortality in a decrepit art museum, from a vengeful adolescent motel clerk to a legal proofreader poisoned on a subway platform, these short stories play by rules that might seem unorthodox to some, refreshing to others. This collection is proof that the form is alive and well—and breaking new ground—in the first decade of the 21st century.

Motel Girl amounts to an exploration of the contemporary laws of romance, longing and sex, of how the computerized, branded universe is now fully integrated into the fabric of our thought and behavior. Join in the journey, a frenetic and disarming joy ride. Taken as a whole, these stories create a new paradigm for the American short story, an expansion in narrative reach, creative power, and experimentation.

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Editorial Reviews

Alicia Conroy
Sanders sharply renders characters, from actuaries to Frisbee-tossing college women, whose inner lives chafe against their outward behavior. Whether dramatic or meditative, these stories are deft, enigmatic lyrics that pivot on an image or insight. Tired of a diet of addiction memoirs? Curl up with this collection—"with soy milk but almost no foam"—to let the literary senses revive.
Susan Reynolds
Sanders' characters have a youthful ease of movement; they toss things and roll and jump and greet strangers easily. Once in orbit around other characters, however, they almost always fail to obey physical laws. "Open your mouth for my gun," says the girl at the front desk who has yet to grow into her true beauty. The man will be lucky if he gets out of there with all his teeth.
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Realistic absurdity ties together the short stories of Sanders's intelligent and funny collection...Between boring jobs and sexual depravity, it seems at first blush that the characters are doomed to unfulfilling, pitiful lives, but, upon closer inspection, it appears there may be something redeeming about them after all. Skillfully narrated and concisely written, this collection of short stories is at once comical, cringe-worthy, relevant and weird.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012330840
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
177
File size:
333 KB

Meet the Author

Greg Sanders was born in 1965 in White Plains, New York and grew up there and later, in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson. He was a long-distance runner at Hastings High and in 1988 graduated with a B.A. from the University of Vermont, where he was a double-major of Mathematics and English (that school’s first). In 1990 he briefly went to graduate school for applied mathematics and statistics before accepting a job as an actuarial analyst with A.I.G., where he worked until 1994. Several jobs and a decade later, he graduated with an M.F.A. in creative writing from The New School University.
Throughout his adult life, Greg has written short stories and many have appeared in magazines both online and in print, including Mississippi Review, Pindeldyboz, Opium Magazine and the anthologies Blue Cathedral and The Crucifix is Down, both published by Red Hen Press. He currently lives in the East Village, earns his living as a technical writer, and is at work on a second collection of short stories, a novel, and numerous hybrid creative projects.

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Motel Girl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of stories, full of imagination but believable at the same time. I don't normally enjoy collections of short stories because they become repetitive but these kept me interested from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book literally kept me up much of the night. 'I'll just read one more story...' Greg Sanders' writing is beautiful and his stories are funny, weird, sad, and all completely different. I can't wait until the next one comes out!