July 23, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Karen Salmansohn’s narrator, Sasha, is a New York ad copywriter who hates being single in 50% Off. She mourns her old boyfriend, searches for a new one, dips into AIDS-awareness and witchcraft, and discusses it all endlessly. (”Talking about having broken up is a simple feat I have definitely mastered,” she says. Yup.) Have you ever listened for two hours in annoyed fascination while a friend got smashed on frozen margaritas and confessed things like what brand of tissue she and her ex-lover mopped up with after sex? You can re-create the experience, if you must, with this book. B-

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