By Daneet Steffens
Updated August 04, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
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All the Anxious Girls On Earth

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  • Book

Zsuzsi Gartner’s debut collection of short fiction featuring eclectic characters in increasingly bizarre situations, All the Anxious Girls On Earth, is a caustic diatribe on modern urban life. In ”How to Survive in the Bush,” a city-centric girl struggles to create spartan domestic bliss in rural nowhere with a he-man whose obsession is rejiggering old planes, but finds that her system yearns for busy intersections. ”Odds that…” is a relentless dig at the cynicism behind out-of-control television, featuring a mother who becomes an oily talk-show host after her daughter is killed by a teenage terrorist’s bomb. Fueled by black-as-espresso humor, Girls does offer a jolt to the system, but its bitter aftertaste can be tough to swallow. B

All the Anxious Girls On Earth

type
  • Book
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author
  • Zsuzsi Gartner
publisher
  • Anchor Books

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