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In Better Living through Plastic Explosives, Zsuzsi Gartner delivers a powerful second dose of the lacerating satire that marked her acclaimed debut, All the Anxious Girls on Earth, but with even greater depth and darker humour. Whether she casts her eye on evolution and modern manhood when an upscale cul-de-sac is thrown into chaos after a redneck moves into the neighbourhood, international adoption, war photography, real estate, the movie industry, motivational speakers, or terrorism, Gartner filets the righteous and the ridiculous with dexterity in equal, glorious measure. These stories ruthlessly expose our most secret desires, and allow us to snort with laughter at the grotesque world we'd live in if we all got what we wanted.
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All the Anxious Girls launched Zsuzsi Gartner into the ranks of the most promising short story authors writing today. Better Living Through Plastic Explosives doubles down on Ms. Gartner’s strengths...Read Full Review of Better Living Through Plastic... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
Almost all of Gartner’s characters are dissatisfied with their lives, especially by the gap between their desires and their achievements. Marianne Moore once wrote that poets create “imaginary gardens with real toads in them.” Gartner has given us an artificial world with real people living in it.Read Full Review of Better Living Through Plastic... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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