The History of Vegas by Jodi Angel

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Trouble. From the first page of each of the edgy and unrelentingly intense stories in this debut collection, the teenaged characters are headed for big trouble. The adult world has mostly failed them, and they find themselves entering into highly charged situations where they make their own rules, with misguided understanding of the consequences. The stories burn hot and fast, providing searing insights into their world of sex, drugs, drinking, violence, and accidental grace, played out in small, tough towns. Written with raw directness and understanding that makes these nine stories impossible to forget, The History of Vegas announces an exciting, fresh talent with the impact of Mary Gaitskill, Mary Karr, and Jayne Anne Phillips.

About Jodi Angel

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Jodi Angel was born in 1971 and won a skateboard in a writing contest at age seven. More recently, she graduated from the MFA program at the University of California, Davis, and now lives in Northern California.
Published February 25, 2013 by Chronicle Books LLC. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They’re on their way to college, maybe, but first they have to initiate the younger sibling of the high school senior of the first story, “Portions,” who returns from getting high by the river with her friends to show her overweight younger sister the health benefits of vomiting.

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