Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle
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ARYN KYLE, whose award-winning novel The God of Animals was hailed as "reason for readers to rejoice" (USA Today), turns her gift for storytelling to the lives of girls and women in this spectacular collection. These eleven stories showcase Kyle’s keen eye for character, her humor, and her uncanny grasp of the loneliness, selfishness, and longing that underlie female experience.

In "Nine," a young girl given to exaggeration escapes a humiliating ninth birthday celebration with the help of her father’s new girlfriend. The dubious benefits of sleeping with one’s boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer in the hilarious "Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore." A raid on a neighbor’s meth lab strengthens the unlikely friendship between a solitary woman and a Goth teenage girl in "Boys and Girls Like You and Me." And in a notable exception to the rule, "Captain’s Club" features a boy whose devotion to a lonely woman transforms his cruise vacation.

In moments electric with sudden harmony or ruthless indifference, the girls and women in this collection provoke, beguile, and entertain. Writing with remarkable tenderness and wisdom, Kyle gives us a collection radiant with bittersweet revelations and startling insights, and secures her reputation as a major young talent.
 

About Aryn Kyle

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Aryn Kyle is the author of the bestselling novel The God of Animals and a graduate of the University of Montana writing program. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New American Voices 2005, Best American Short Stories 2007, and The Atlantic Monthly, for which her story "Foaling Season" won a National Magazine Award. She is also the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’Award, and others.  She lives in New York.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Scribner. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The most conventionally hopeful story is told from an adolescent boy’s point of view, as he comes of age (but not like that) during an incredibly awkward cruise vacation in “Captain’s Club.” Throughout, Kyle (The God of Animals, 2007) shows a talent for exposing the hurt at the heart of our worst...

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New York Journal of Books

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Like an addictive drug, once begun, it cannot be stopped.From nine-year-old Tess who has spent most her young life creating her own world through lies and manipulation, to the single Leigh who still pines over a past love while trying to search for the true path her life should take, Kyle’s centr...

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But by the seventh or eighth of the 11 stories here, even the least motivated amateur diagnostician will have detected an enduring pattern among Kyle's volatile, needy, whimsical heroines, and might conclude, browsing through the DSM-IV, that they represent "female experience" to the tune of only...

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Why does the world care?,” writes Kyle in “Nine.” Boys and Girls Like You and Me makes a strong impact precisely because the stories ring so true and there is so much nuance in every telling.

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And in a notable exception to the rule, "Captain’s Club" features a boy whose devotion to a lonely woman transforms his cruise vacation.In moments electric with sudden harmony or ruthless indifference, the girls and women in this collection provoke, beguile, and entertain.

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