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Your Body Is Changing

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Your Body Is Changing

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jack Pendarvis
publisher:
MacAdam/Cage
genre:
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it a B+

In the story ”Outsiders,” a boorish Alabaman — cum — New York hipster tells people, ”Oh, I will call you on your s — -! It’s what I do!” In Your Body Is Changing, this riotous collection — recalling David Sedaris’ fictive Barrel Fever entries — Jack Pendarvis precisely captures such identifiably irritating personae. Slick admen brag about their ”radical” promotion for a gum that gives you the runs, while a slacker drug mule rationalizes smoking the hash block he was hired to deliver. Pendarvis’ wit sometimes veers too far into the absurd, but he often surprises a giggling reader by nailing the emptiness of his characters’ self-absorption. B+