The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club and Other Stories by Julia Slavin

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An edgy, comic, and disturbing debut-a hip Diary of a Mad Housewife.

Julia slavin's tales are bulletins from the front. Suburban young marrieds, the narrators have been stranded by their careers, their homes, their lives. Amidst the punishing schedules dictated by daily demands-baby-proofing the house, folding laundry, steaming carrots, taking clients out to steak houses-they live by their fantasies. Julia Slavin conjures a world that is both familiar and limitless, where daily the banal and the unimaginable brush up against each other. A housewife swallows the shirtless adolescent boy who cuts her lawn. Strolling down the airport corridor to catch his shuttle home, a businessman risks everything to save an eight-pound lobster from certain slaughter and consumption. Maisie Haselkorn of the Eastport Haselkorns, a decent upper-middle-class woman, cuts off her leg-at a posh private club. And something as innocuous as pudding spilled on the kitchen floor might be grounds for divorce. Riotous and inventive, The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club and Other Stories is a riveting read by a surprising new talent.
 

About Julia Slavin

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Julia Slavin worked as a model and then an ABC-TV producer for Prime Time Live before she moved to Washington, D.C. She is currently at work on a novel.
 
Published July 7, 1999 by Henry Holt and Co.. 194 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The title story is typical of the collection as a whole: it describes a crusty middle-aged WASP who becomes involved with a Jewish real-estate developer—mainly because of his interest in her family connections—and chooses to (further) scandalize her crowd by amputating her own leg (with a Cartier...

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