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Merin Wexler


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Brazen and sharp-witted, Merin Wexler’s linked stories bind mothers, daughters, and wives wrestling with a fear of intimacy in sexual and family relationships.

These are women and teenagers caught in the pivotal conflicts of their lives, questioning and testing out their desirability, and their fitness as wives, mothers, and friends.

Merin Wexler touches a nerve, capturing longings and terrors that are both all-too-familiar and usually kept private. A new mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the local porn shop, her baby strapped to her chest. A career mom decides to have a second child to keep her nanny. A teenaged babysitter sleeps with the dad to get closer to the mom. The glamorous proprietress of the summerhouse next door takes advantage of her infatuated teenage neighbor to suppress her feelings of estrangement from her indifferent husband. Wickedly funny and unsettling, The Porno Girl is a work of startling insight by a gifted young writer.

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Merin Wexler graduated from Harvard University, where she won a Knox Fellowship to Oxford University, and she earned her MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has been awarded the Heekin Foundation's Tara Prize for Short Fiction, among other prizes, and has won both an NEA/WritersCorps Fellowship and an NEH Fellowship. She lives in New York City where she is currently writing a novel forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.


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5つ星のうち 5.0 The Porno Girl 2003/7/30
By Paul E. Salamanca - (Amazon.com)
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The title of this collection of well-written short stories is slightly misleading, although not completely so. "Porno girl" is a nickname endearingly given to a young mother enduring post-partum depression, who finds that furtive visits to a peep show revive in her some sense of physical soundness. But these stories are far from prurient, as the title might suggest. Indeed, although sex as a dimension of maturity plays a role in several of Wexler's stories, it is simply one frequent and carefully used prop among a collection of others, including as well fear and, above all, insecurity. In fact, what comes across most profoundly about the protagonists in these stories is how unsure they are about how to take the next step in their lives. Some, like the teacher in "Helen of Alexandria," have come to a pathetic dead end. Others, like the young woman in "What Marcia Wanted," have been haphazardly (and incompletely) initiated into the world of adults through a sexual encounter. But all these characters lack certainty about where they're going, or even where they are. In an odd way, Wexler's portrayal of the uncertainties of early adulthood is helpful, because she invites us to live in a world of doubt, and not to reject it out of hand for its lack of resolution. Indeed, there is an element of comedy in each of these stories that quietly comes through.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Amusing, Surprising and Emotionally True 2003/7/14
By Linda Swensen - (Amazon.com)
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Merin Wexler has written a short story collection which you can get happily lost in. Each story drew me in. Each story amused and surprised me, made me hold it tight, not wanting it to end. Each story has lingered in my mind. These stories have some delightful quirks and odd bits, but nothing in them feels false or forced; all of them feel emotionally true. An outstanding short story collection.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 The Porno Girl 2003/7/11
By J.A. Anderson - (Amazon.com)
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The stories in Merin Wexler's terrific debut collection are closely observed and beautifully written. In her exploration of the complex emotional terrain that mothers, wives and daughters must navigate, Wexler presents situations that are both familiar and strange, easy to identify with yet propelled by her characters' individual -- and idiosyncratic -- psychologies. The coping strategies of these characters range from the admirable to the bizarre, but never does Wexler have her characters do anything that is not utterly believable.
The verisimilitude Wexler achieves in these stories makes you believe, for example, that a woman suffering from postpartum blues would find momentary distraction in the seedy peep show booth of her neighborhood porn shop (the baby is asleep in a snuggly strapped to her chest), and that a recently separated mother who cannot get her son into the bathtub finally immerses him in water fully clothed. One of my favorite stories in the collection, "The Closet," explores how a girl deals with the scene her mentally ill father is making in the street below her window. In another, "The Maignot Line," a married woman avoids committing an act of infidelity with an old boyfriend by a chance encounter with a neighbor, who has recently gotten in touch with her "kindred animal spirit."
All of these stories sparkle with Wexler's wry humor and her pathos -- she is very, very funny, yet almost all of the stories are sad. I found that I read this book in almost one sitting -- I simply could not get enough of these endearing, flawed characters. I was sorry to reach the last story in the book because each story was so quietly inventive, so smart, so touching. I recommend this book without reservation, certain that anyone who reads it will be both moved and charmed by it, as I was.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 splendid story collection 2003/5/29
By カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
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These stories are emotionally riveting and wonderfully written. Wexler takes timeless relationships and gives them new twists and meanings. One finds both the unexpected and the comfortingly familiar woven together in a vivid, warm blanket of a book. I am always on the lookout for new women writers. I'll look forward to more from this one.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Mothers, daughters, and wives... (3 1/2 stars) 2005/1/24
By Diane Moore - (Amazon.com)
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I have a tendency to gravitate toward novels/short stories where women are the main characters. I found the title and cover interesting not knowing how the inside would turn out. I liked a little less than half of the stories, while the other half I could discard.

One that stood out to me was the title story, "The Porno Girl." It was different not only because a woman visited a shop where you could watch peep show videos for a quarter, but while she watched, she had her baby "strapped to her chest."

Skip forward to "daughters." In this section, I was intriqued with the story "Waiting to Discover Electricity." A girl becomes involved with the dad of the children she babysits.

One of my favorites is "The Closet." It features two sisters and a mom trying to avoid the dad's visit. He arrives in a Hummer, speaks through a megaphone while standing barefoot and yelling, "Sound the alarm! All troops report to their stations! The mobilization has begun!" You don't have to read very far to figure out that something is seriously wrong with this man. Not only that, but what he did on the street toward the end shocked me.

The last story of the collection called, "Solomon and his Wives," caught my attention as a married woman of 5 years, more than befriends a man twice her age. It's not that I haven't read stories of this nature before, but those scenes were described in such a way that it pulled me in.

My favorite story of the book would be "Helen of Alexandria." A single woman is teaching at an all-girls school where many of the girls are from the "First Families of Virginia." This seems to make them feel privleged and they try to take advantage of the teacher, who is less privleged and somewhat shy. It reminded me how catty and dangerous girls and women can be, especially when they are in groups.

Even though I read quickly through the others, these stories mentioned had made me feel strange, and sometimes uncomfortable, but that's what I liked about them. They were realistic and not full of happy endings. I'm interested in this author's upcoming novel.
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