The Porno Girl by Merin Wexler
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Brazen and sharp-witted, Merin Wexler’s linked stories bind mothers, daughters, and wives wrestling with a fear of intimacy in sexual and family relationships.

These are women and teenagers caught in the pivotal conflicts of their lives, questioning and testing out their desirability, and their fitness as wives, mothers, and friends.

Merin Wexler touches a nerve, capturing longings and terrors that are both all-too-familiar and usually kept private. A new mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the local porn shop, her baby strapped to her chest. A career mom decides to have a second child to keep her nanny. A teenaged babysitter sleeps with the dad to get closer to the mom. The glamorous proprietress of the summerhouse next door takes advantage of her infatuated teenage neighbor to suppress her feelings of estrangement from her indifferent husband. Wickedly funny and unsettling, The Porno Girl is a work of startling insight by a gifted young writer.
 

About Merin Wexler

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Merin Wexler graduated from Harvard University, where she won a Knox Fellowship to Oxford University, and she earned her MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has been awarded the Heekin Foundation's Tara Prize for Short Fiction, among other prizes, and has won both an NEA/WritersCorps Fellowship and an NEH Fellowship. She lives in New York City where she is currently writing a novel forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.
 
Published June 11, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “What Martha Wanted,” Wexler presents a limpid portrait of the licentious goings-on at a Massachusetts mansion, while “Helen of Alexandria” is the story of a teacher at a private girls’ school and her ultimate humiliation at the hands of her monied charges.

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A few entries are too blunt and heavy-handed, but Wexler's talent for startling observations—one mother, reflecting on her relationship to her son, declares herself "stunned that she had carried inside her the body of a man—miniature but anatomically complete, including a penis"—more than redeems...

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A young married artist has an affair with a man old enough to be her grandfather and then must lose him, forcing her to question her sexual instincts and emotional needs.

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