In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own mortality; and abominable children desperately try to grow up with grace. With a unique voice and dry humor, Willett gives us a new insight into human existence, showing us those specific moments in relationships when life suddenly becomes visible.
Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, Jenny and the Jaws of Life is being brought back due to popular demand. It's a timeless collection filled with a certain freshness and wit that ring just as loudly today.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jincy Willett is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Her short stories have appeared in Playgirl, The Yale Review, and the Massachusetts Review.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I think of David Sedaris, I think of laugh out loud, whit. Lured by the introduction by David Sedaris, this book was selected for my book club. We read books from a broad spectrum, so a series of short stories was welcomed. The stories were well written and the characters were interesting. However, funny it is not. Disturbing is a better word to describe this collection of stories. Some of the stories had humorous aspects. Some of the stories were interesting. Most of the stories made you cringe at the nature of the characters. Most of the members of my book club were not impressed. Only about half of us finished the book, put off by the disturbing characters or sad tales.
Strange wonderful funny and sad