When the Messenger Is Hot by Elizabeth Crane
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The women in WHEN THE MESSENGER IS HOT are fierce and kind, damaged and optimistic. They are recovering from loss or addiction or betrayal, they are on the fringes of reality or sanity or a "conventional" life. From a woman who decides to live on the patio rooftop of her friend's apartment building, to the bestselling memoir writer who finds her identity overtaken by the actress cast in the movie version, to the daughter convinced her dead mother is in fact simply stuck at a North Dakota bus depot, their experiences of loss and love are both uniquely theirs and universal.

With disarming humor, honesty, and playfulness, Elizabeth Crane gleefully and memorably explores the absurdities and possibilities of modern life.

 

About Elizabeth Crane

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Elizabeth Crane has been a preschool teacher and a tutor for child actors. She lives in Chicago.
 
Published August 13, 2012 by Dzanc Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some of Crane’s efforts are what Raymond Carver once called “funny-looking” stories: “The Super Fantastic New Zealand Triangle” is a fantasy affair conducted mostly in footnotes (without David Foster Wallace, one can assume, this would have never come to be) and is more interesting for its strate...

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Sixteen debut tales about the wacky lives of modern women and their relationships with wacky men.

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Crane creates a spirited cast of loopy, neurotic and self-absorbed women, then puts them through their paces in this debut collection of 16 inventive but frequently one-dimensional stories. Dating

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In ''Year-at-a-Glance,'' a young woman can't stop marking time after she loses her mother to lung cancer: ''Month two: I resent anyone who still has a mom and speaks about it openly in front of me.'' Lucky for us Crane isn't one of those goofy-feely types.

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