Former Virgin by Cris Mazza

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In this collection of stories, critically acclaimed writer Cris Mazza shines a kleig light on the dark underside of relationships in a disturbing look at the ambiguous nature of our own desires. From women who foster their own abusive relationships, to failed suicide attempts, to furtive -- and horribly violent -- encounters in steamy basements, Mazza's stories cut to the heart of doomed human relationships, landing squarely in the murky territory between desire and despair, between freedom and loss of control.

About Cris Mazza

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Cris Mazza is the author of seven other books of fiction, including Dog People, Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? and How To Leave a Country (winner of the PEN Nelson Algren Award).
Published September 30, 1997 by Fiction Collective 2. 145 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some of the works read more like fragments than stories: ``Dog & Girlfriend'' is the interior monologue of a girl dosing herself for a yeast infection she believes that she caught by sleeping with her best friend's father, while ``Laying Off the Secretary'' reads like the thought balloons for a c...

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Although not every story in this sly collection hits its mark, they all carry Mazza's (How to Leave a Country) trademark post-feminist, girlish bite as she trashes one coming-of-age cliche after another.

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