Single, Carefree, Mellow

Single, Carefree, Mellow

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Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Katherine Heiny's work does something magical: elevates the mundane so that it has the stakes of a mystery novel, gives women's interior lives the gravity they so richly deserve -- and makes you laugh along the way."
--Lena Dunham

Single, Carefree, Mellow is that rare and wonderful thing: a debut that is superbly accomplished, endlessly entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny.
 
Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie's lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover's wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow , and in these eleven sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.
 
In "Cranberry Relish" Josie's ex--a man she met on Facebook--has a new girlfriend he found on Twitter. In "Blue Heron Bridge" Nina is more worried that the Presbyterian minister living in her garage will hear her kids swearing than about his finding out that she's sleeping with her running partner. And in "The Rhett Butlers" a teenager loses her virginity to her history teacher and then outgrows him.
 
In snappy, glittering prose that is both utterly hilarious and achingly poignant, Katherine Heiny chronicles the ways in which we are unfaithful to each other, both willfully and unwittingly. Maya, who appears in the title story and again in various states of love, forms the spine of this linked collection, and shows us through her moments of pleasure, loss, deceit, and kindness just how fickle the human heart can be.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385353632
Characteristics: 224 pages

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Jun 23, 2017

This was a nice collection of well-written, interesting short stories. One comment mentioned it might be nice to read a few stories and then put the book down for a little while, then read some more. I think that is a good idea. I think the stories will be much more appreciated if they aren't read one right after another through the whole book.

multcolib_karene Mar 05, 2015

Quirky, candid, wonderfully written short stories. The theme is unfaithfullness and it's probably best to read a story or two at a time instead of being buried under all of the infidelity. I love how Katherine Heiny captures our human foibles and casts no judgement upon her characters. Well done!

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