Motel Girl

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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 ...

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Overview

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

Publishers Weekly
Realistic absurdity ties together the short stories Sanders's intelligent and funny collection. Throughout, unsuspecting protagonists become entangled in bizarre (and yet vaguely believable) situations. There's Nadya, the Moscow-based freelance translator narrator of "Choco" who adopts a circus bear; Alan, who, in "Aesthetic Displeasure Unearths Lack of Marital Fortitude," visits an old college friend in the woods and discovers that rumors of a wandering robot might be true; and the anonymous insurance filer in "The Gallery" who finds a portal of rebirth triggered by an erotic sculpture. 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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597091114
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Sanders lives in the East Village and earns his living as a technical writer. His short stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Epiphany Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Essays & Fictions, Opium Magazine, two fiction anthologies published by Red Hen Press, and a number of other publications, both print and on line. He is currently at work on a novel, a second collection of short stories, and other creative projects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Great bedtime reading (but not if you want to get any sleep)!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Great imaginative writing

    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.

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