Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty

Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty

eBook - 2012
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In Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty, Diane Williams lays bare the urgency and weariness that shape our lives in stories honed sharper than ever. With sentences auguring revelation and explosion, Williams's unsettling stories-a cryptic meeting between neighbors, a woman's sexual worries, a graveside discussion, a chimney on fire-are narrated with razor-sharp tongues and naked, uproarious irreverence. These fifty stories hum with tension, each one so taut that it threatens to snap and send the whole thing sprawling-the mess and desire, the absurdity and hilarity, the bruises and bleeding, the blushes and disappointments and secrets. An audacious, unruly tour de force, Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty cements Diane Williams' position as one of the best practitioners of the short form in literature today.
Publisher: [United States] : McSweeney's : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781938073083
1938073088
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This book of short stories contains disjointed, surreal stories ranging in length from two sentences to two and a half pages. Most are told in omniscient third person, but some in first person. There is in many of the stories a sense of the main character being out of step with the people around them.
I can't say I like this kind of writing as I really don't understand the stories. Some things I can guess at, others start off with a storyline of a sort but then seem to take off in a new direction without explanation. Many are unsettling and seem to have behaviour that isn't acceptable. Are they a comment on society? One is not sure.

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