- ハードカバー: 224ページ
- 出版社: St Martins Pr; 1版 (2003/06)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 0312310579
- ISBN-13: 978-0312310578
- 発売日： 2003/06
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The Porno Girl: And Other Stories (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/6
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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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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.
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.