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Description - Bulletproof Girl by Quinn Dalton

In Bulletproof Girl, Quinn Dalton offers eleven raw and witty stories powered by a rich mix of women's voices. The stakes are high in these diverse narratives. "Dinner at Josette's" explores the nature of female friendships in the story of a woman whose best friend is in love with a gay man. "Midnight Bowling" follows seventeen-year-old Tess as she escapes her fanatically religious mother's pipe dreams and her dead father's legacy. In "Lennie Remembers the Angels," a woman confronts a long-ago vision as she recovers from a hit-and-run accident. In "Graceland," a once supportive businessman's wife turns to murder. And in "How to Clean Your Apartment," a jilted lover creates a spring cleaning reference guide as she tries to get over her man. At times tragic and savagely funny, Bulletproof Girl is a dynamic anthology from a strong new voice in fiction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743470551
ISBN-10: 0743470559
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Washington Square Press Inc.,N.Y.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Bulletproof Girl by Quinn Dalton

US Kirkus Review » From novelist Quinn (High Strung, 2003), an oddly flat first collection that deals mostly with overly familiar domestic issues. In "Dough," a young woman with a "peaceful father" and a mother who went overnight from showgirl to paralegal, spends time with her grandmother, who has "rosebud nostrils" and is suffering from dementia. Her mother comes by one evening and catches the girl in flagrante with her boyfriend, a bread maker. Yet the story is too quiet to be memorable. A woman's experience of rape is associated in her mind with CNN's reports of American astronauts, ideas that merge in a conclusion that doesn't work ("Back on Earth"). In "Endurance Tests," a divorced mother connects her young son's episodes of playing dead after his dog dies with the endurance tests she and a girlfriend tried with each other when they young, concluding that nothing was enough to prepare them for adult life. The inconclusive "Shed This Life" follows a woman whose parents died when she was in high school as she now leaves a boyfriend she met in the dentist's office (where she works) after she let him know she's pregnant. Dalton's language is too pat ("Ted is looking at me like a man not quite recovered from Novocain, mouth breathing and he doesn't even know it"), her character's motivations unclear. "How to Clean Your Apartment" gives us a young woman trying to break up with a boyfriend while drinking whiskey and preparing to throw out clothes, gifts, junk. It's saved from dullness by witty index subheads ("Screening calls: brief arguments for, 7.61"; "Therapy, cheaper alternatives to, 9:07") but closes with the same old ending. The overlong title story gives an account of the narrator's breakup with her boyfriend, told in tandem with the saga of her parents' separation, her mother's depression and her grandmother's controlling temperament. Dalton gives each equal weight, robbing her tale of drama and emotion. Sadly, stories with a potential too insufficiently realized to deliver sustenance. (Kirkus Reviews)

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