By Leah Greenblatt
Updated August 06, 2015 at 08:34 PM EDT

There may be no literary topic more painfully navel-gazey than millennial ennui. Pity the poor youth, with their Snapchat regrets and selfie sticks! But Holmes brings a cool, stripped-down wit to Slut’s 10 shaggy-dog stories. (Literally, one is narrated by a dog.) Her bored office workers, unmoored grad students, and promiscuous teens all seem to be waiting for something vaguely more exciting to happen, but they don’t particularly feel the world owes them anything. Narratives drift, and sometimes all that Zen detachment flattens into apathy. At her best, though, Holmes comes off like the smartest stoner friend you had in college: loopy, deadpan, and accidentally-on-purpose profound. B+

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