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.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 11, 1960
Place of Birth:
B.A., Hobart William Smith, 1982; M.F.A., Cornell University, 1987
The Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, 1993
|Bank's New Novel|
|The Wonder Spot|
In a series of capsule vignettes, The Wonder Spot captures and recaptures Sophie Applebaum, as this self-deprecating Pennsylvania girl moves through three decades of decisions, crises, and "wonder spot" moments of recognition. The result is like a fictional photo album, filled with snapshots of a life in progress.
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|"I spent over a decade working on my first book. My stories were rejected everywhere, from every journal and magazine," Banks reveals in our interview. "Failure is great preparation for success -- whereas success prepares you for nothing, except more success."|
|A Dazzling Debut||Bank Recommends|
|The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing|
Hailed by critics as the debut of a major literary talent, Bank's first novel tracks the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, and the workplace. "Bank gets it exactly right: her Jane Rosenal is intelligent, witty, perspective, and moody -- and has a lot more her mind than where her next boyfriend is coming from," raved Bitch magazine.
|This Boy's Life: A Memoir|
"[Tobias] Wolff is one of the greatest storytellers of all time," Bank asserts when telling us about some of her all-time favorite reads -- among them, Wolff's moving memoir, This Boy's Life. Read our interview with Bank to learn about more of her best-loved books, including: