Barbara the Slut and Other People

Barbara the Slut and Other People

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"Holmes trains a precise lens on the millennial generation's mixed bag of manners, mores, and machinations... In [these] beautifully brazen stories, worlds collide in fresh, imaginative ways." -- Elle 

A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.

Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master. She tackles eros and intimacy with a deceptively light touch, a keen awareness of how their nervous systems tangle and sometimes short-circuit, and a genius for revealing our most vulnerable, spirited selves.
In "Desert Hearts," a woman takes a job selling sex toys in San Francisco rather than embark on the law career she pursued only for the sake of her father. In "Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love," a woman realizes she much prefers the company of her pit bull--and herself--to the neurotic foreign fling who won't decamp from her apartment. In "How Am I Supposed to Talk to You?" a daughter hauls a suitcase of lingerie to Mexico for her flighty, estranged mother to resell there, wondering whether her personal mission--to come out--is worth the same effort. And in "Barbara the Slut," a young woman with an autistic brother, a Princeton acceptance letter, and a love of sex navigates her high school's toxic, slut-shaming culture with open eyes.
With heart, sass, and pitch-perfect characters, Barbara the Slut is a head-turning debut from a writer with a limitless career before her.
Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781594633782
Branch Call Number: HOL
Characteristics: 264 pages.


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Sep 15, 2016

I read the first story and the title story. Neither was engaging enough to make me want to read more.

Feb 23, 2016

extremely clearly written - no superfulous language.

Sep 19, 2015

A very simple, easy group of short stories with a youthful narrative. The perfect read for when you need something light.

Aug 05, 2015

Really kind of bland. Possibly there's someone who will enjoy her writing style?

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