Don't Kiss Me by Lindsay Hunter
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At her best, Hunter is remarkably talented at taking sentences and twining them around the brain, creating a beautiful pattern out of ugliness.
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An explosive story collection from a bold, blistering new voice

With broken language, deep vernacular, unexpectedly fierce empathy, and a pace that'll break your granny's neck, Lindsay Hunter lures, cajoles, and wrenches readers into the wild world of Don't Kiss Me.
Here you'll meet Peggy Paula, who works the late shift at Perkin's and envies the popular girls who come in to eat french fries and brag about how far they let the boys get with them. You'll meet a woman in her mid-thirties pining for her mean-spirited, abusive boyfriend, Del, a nine-year-old who is in no way her actual boyfriend. And just try to resist the noir story of a reluctant, Afrin-addled detective.
Self-loathing, self-loving, and otherwise trapped by their own dumb selves, these characters make one cringe-worthy mistake after another. But for each bone-headed move, Hunter delivers a surprising moment that chokes you up as you peer into what seemed like deep emptiness and discover a profound longing for human understanding. It's the collision of these moments that make this a powerful, alive book.
The stories of Don't Kiss Me are united by Hunter's singular voice and unflinching eye. By turns crass and tender, heartbreaking and devastatingly funny, her stories expose a world full of characters seemingly driven by desperation, but in the end, they're the ones who get the last laugh. Hunter is at the forefront of the boldest, most provocative writers working now.

 

About Lindsay Hunter

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Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collection Daddy’s. She lives in Chicago, where she is the cofounder and cohost of the flash-fiction reading series Quickies!.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by FSG Originals. 193 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Don't Kiss Me
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Jul 02 2013

Lindsay Hunter still is wrestling with the proper proportion of style and substance. And she has yet to master her own voice and therefore depends upon some rather tired tricks in the place of emotional truth...

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHELE FILGATE on Jul 20 2013

At her best, Hunter is remarkably talented at taking sentences and twining them around the brain, creating a beautiful pattern out of ugliness.

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