All the Anxious Girls on Earth by Zsuzsi Gartner

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All the Anxious Girls on Earth marks the debut of a startingly original literary voice. Zsuzsi Gartner's exuberant prose gives voice to unforgettable characters who survive by their wits as they cope with indifferent relationships, lackluster jobs, and the myriad curve-balls life throws their way.

A woman calls in fake bomb threats from the nineteenth floor of a bank tower as revenge against her ex-lover. The mother of a girl killed by a teenage urban guerilla thrives spectacularly in her industrious grief, transforming herself into a forgiveness guru and talk-show host. Lured into the wilderness by her desire for a man who rebuilds vintage airplanes, a young woman finds she lusts more for biscotti and city sidewalks. A small, heroic child makes a guileless request for pajamas and creates a psychic storm at the center of her anxious, achievement-mad parents' lives.

Rendered in a jittery, jazzed-up prose that has been compared to that of Lorrie Moore and Mary Flanagan, these stories brilliantly capture the pathos, beauty, and alienation of contemporary life and signal the arrival of a writer to watch.

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About Zsuzsi Gartner

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ZSUZSI GAR TNER is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth and the editor of Darwin's Bastards. She is the winner of a 2007 National Magazine Award for Fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for her magazine journalism. In 2011, her short-story collection, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, alongside a novel by literary giant Michael Ondaatje.
Published March 31, 2010 by Anchor. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nothing much happens in this tale—nothing of real consequence happens in any of the stories—but it exemplifies Gartner's quirky voice and her feel for the way people drift through their lives without ever giving away what they're really thinking.

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When Gartner doesn't strain too hard at her craft, her undeniably original voice charges her stories with irresistible verve.

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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.

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