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  • ISBN-13: 9783453177055
  • Publisher: Distribooks, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Language: German

Meet the Author

Melissa Bank
Melissa Bank
With her debut collection of linked short stories, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank helped kick off a women's fiction revolution. Some might call it "chick lit" -- but Banks's knack for illuminating the adventures of urban Everywomen has resonated with her readers.

Biography

"When I sit down to write," Melissa Bank has said, "I don't have any real goals except to follow one good sentence with another... I'm not the kind of writer who has a map." The author offers a fair impression of her work: It does not hinge on intricate plots or artistic conceits. Rather, it's founded on her female protagonists and their ability to distill emotional truths into spare, dryly witty comments.

Bank writes about women growing up and figuring it all out, and she writes it with humor and a wide lens. Her 1999 debut, a collection of linked short stories entitled The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing,, follows single New Yorker Jane Rosenal in her discoveries about love and dating. Structured as snapshots in Jane's life, the chapters follow her as she evolves from a teen studying her brother and his girlfriend to a young woman sifting through various relationships of her own.

There are lots of men in Bank's writing, and even more quips. At one point, Jane's older boyfriend tells her, ‘You're just like Nora, and I'm like Nick [Charles, of The Thin Man]. We're like Bogart and Bacall. Like Hepburn and Tracy.' Jane shoots back, ‘More like Mr. Wilson and Dennis the Menace.' Bank's main characters represent the funny girl's view of life, with all the attendant insecurity and puzzlement, making them notably different from those of a straightforwardly romantic or sentimental writer.

The author could easily train her eye on romantic travails and leave it at that; she is sensitive and clever enough for the job. But what's nice about Melissa Bank's books is how she includes the ways other people in women's lives teach them about themselves: brothers, fathers, girlfriends. In between the Sex and the City-style episodes, there are family complications and work challenges.

Those who found something to like in The Girls' Guide found more of it in her followup novel The Wonder Spot, published six years later. Like its predecessor, this book featured a young woman who moves to New York and works in publishing while navigating the intricacies of men, family and career. However, Bank seemed to develop her passages more substantially. "Pound for pound, line for line, story for story, The Wonder Spot is a better-honed and steadier volume," Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times.

Because of Bank's loose structural style, you won't likely find consensus on whether her books are novels or story collections -- they've been called both. Each chapter reads like a short story, and each chapter contains frequent breaks in the prose to capture a detail or a new moment. Bank doesn't offer a beginning-to-end account of each relationship she introduces; but even though it would probably be interesting if she did, she doesn't leave the reader unsatisfied. Instead, she relays the salient details and gives just enough information to set the stage for the next scene. It's a formula that more than satisfies her many fans.

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"Basically, all anyone has to do is ask me for fun details or tell me to be creative and my mind turns to mud. I am instantly the most boring person you've ever met."

"For example, what springs to mind is my love for public radio. I know this makes me sound like I belong in the 1940s (and maybe I do), but I think radio is truly a writer's medium."

"On the other hand, I don't have a TV; or, that is, I don't have cable. It's not because I'm high-minded or think I'm above TV -- the opposite. When I was writing ad copy during the day and fiction at night, I realized that I hadn't turned on the TV in over a year and, as I lived (and live) in a small apartment, decided the ugly box didn't deserve the space it took up. I live by Edith Wharton's rule to get rid of anything neither useful nor beautiful. So I put the TV out on the street."

"Now I'm like a girl from Mars. I'm mesmerized by TV. I can't tear myself away from it. I actually go to the gym to watch TV. I can stay on the treadmill or Stairmaster for an hour if there's a good program on.."

"I grew up in the suburbs, and when I was little I told my mother I'd seen rats in the woods behind our house and in the creek behind school and in the parking lot where the garbage trucks were parked. I'd never seen a rat -- I was naming the places where I was afraid rats might be. While I begged her to call the exterminator, she infuriated me with an irrelevant lecture about honesty. Is this a story about my early career as a liar foreshadowing my later career as a fiction writer? No. It's a story about rats -- which both terrify and fascinate me. When I see one, I'm as thrilled as I am scared."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hobart William Smith, 1982; M.F.A., Cornell University, 1987

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