The genre of fiction known as "chick-lit" has been a lightning rod for debate in the world of literature, raising questions such as Is chick-lit really literature or just harmless fluff? Is this really an accurate portrayal of the lives of modern women? Eighteen renowned authorsincluding Jennifer Coburn, Raelynn Hillhouse, Harley Jane Kozak, Cara Lockwood, and Rachel Pineweigh in with the best of chick-lit, proving that this genre deserves as much, or more, respect as any other. In addition to their story, each author elaborates on her feelings about the “chick-lit” label and recommends literary fiction writers that have inspired them.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of Crossing the Line, A Little Change of Face, and The Thin Pink Line. She is a former independent bookseller, book reviewer, and freelance editor. She lives in Danbury, CT.
What People are Saying About This
Chick-lit authors fight back with this collection of stories by women writers proud to wear the chick-lit label.
Chick-lit devotees will appreciate discovering new authors, and the uninitiated will be pleasantly surprised.”
"A long overdue and smart answer to the naysayers of an often maligned genre."
Nelson DeMille, author, Plum Island
"Like a lot of snotty literary types, I have often sneered at chick litI'm here to tell you: I was wrong."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an anthology that's worth every penny, in my opinion. I liked almost all of the contributions from writers I already read and was happy to have found a few new voices.Caren Lissner's The Database is a standout, with a nice mix of sci-fi and dark humor. Takeoffs and Landings is a little weak, and asks the reader to suspend way too much disbelief. The protagonist's level of self-pity is too much, even for chick lit, where neurotic narrators beat themselves up about every little thing.Trash Talk was hilarious, you knew the ending was going to be predictable, but Karen Gillespie still kept you reading. She also wrote the popular Bottom Dollar Girl series, I just might have to check those out.Every Girl's Dream started out with a ludicrous set-up, at the end tho, I was almost tearing up.
There are few sub-genres, if any, more suited to the short story format than chick-lit as this superb anthology proves. Each of the eighteen entries are fun with no duds as female protagonists struggle with everyday relationships while providing ¿wisdom¿ in asides to the audience. All the tales are new having been written in 2005 and as far as this reviewer knows never published before. How can fans not enjoy tales like ¿Secret Agent Chick¿ starring a woman who enjoys girl fights or the satirical ¿How To Be a Millionaire¿. Fans of the sub-genre will appreciate this entertaining anthology that is unabashedly pleasant reading as each entry showcases the sub-genre at its strongest. To be honest, I believe this is the format (more so than the novel) where chick-lit is at its best where one finds humor, jabs, irony and satire like a woman dreaming of becoming a pumpkin wife in a ¿Shell Game¿. Ladies ¿ you have done a great job with THIS IS CHICK-LIT anthology that requires no further defense of the maligned sub-genre because of the contributions.------------------ Harriet Klausner