Motel Girl

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Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Red Hen Press
Publish Date
Pages
177
Dimensions
4.9 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781597091114
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About the Author

Greg Sanders lives in the East Village and earns his living as a technical writer. His short stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Epiphany Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Essays & Fictions, Opium Magazine, two fiction anthologies published by Red Hen Press, and a number of other publications, both print and on line. He is currently at work on a novel, a second collection of short stories, and other creative projects.

Reviews

"Greg Sanders's stories are ingenious and original--but more important, he's a fabulist with a heart." --David Gates, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of "The Wonders of the Invisible World," "Jernigan" and "Preston"" ""Falls,"
Greg Sanders's stories are ingenious and original--but more important, he's a fabulist with a heart. --David Gates, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of "The Wonders of the Invisible World," "Jernigan" and "Preston"" ""Falls,"
Greg Sanders has hit the bullseye with "Motel Girl," The stories--original, often surreal, yet thoroughly convincing--are tone-perfect, exuding a marvelous, full-bodied authority. An astonishingly fine debut.
"--"Janet Fitch, author of "Paint It Black"
Greg Sanders's stories are ingenious and original--but more important, he's a fabulist with a heart.
--David Gates, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of "The Wonders of the Invisible World," "Jernigan" and "Preston"" ""Falls,"
Realistic absurdity ties together the short stories of Sanders's intelligent and funny collection. Throughout, unsuspecting protagonists become entangled in bizarre (and yet vaguely believable) situations. There's Nadya, the Moscow-based freelance translator narrator of "Choco" who adopts a circus bear; Alan, who, in "Aesthetic Displeasure Unearths Lack of Marital Fortitude," visits an old college friend in the woods and discovers that rumors of a wandering robot might be true; and the anonymous insurance filer in "The Gallery" who finds a portal of rebirth triggered by an erotic sculpture. Between boring jobs and sexual depravity, it seems at first blush that the characters are doomed to unfulfilling, pitiful lives, but, upon closer inspection, it appears there may be something redeeming about them after all. Skillfully narrated and concisely written, this collection of short stories is at once comical, cringe-worthy, relevant and weird.
--"Publishers Weekly"

Greg Sanders has hit the bullseye with "Motel Girl." The stories original, often surreal, yet thoroughly convincing are tone-perfect, exuding a marvelous, full-bodied authority. An astonishingly fine debut.
" "Janet Fitch, author of"Paint It Black"

Greg Sanders's stories are ingenious and original--but more important, he's a fabulist with a heart.
--David Gates, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of "The Wonders of the Invisible World," "Jernigan" and "Preston""""Falls.""
Sanders has a way of fixing on a point, a detail (pimples, discolored teeth, tightly coiffed hair) and moving outward into the cosmos of human attributes; restlessness, a tendency to startle easily, ferocity. There is a kind of violence in every story, different kinds; and it is always surprising how the physical violence is the least disturbing kind. Sanders'characters have a youthful ease of movement; they toss things and roll and jump and greet strangers easily. Once in orbit around other characters, however, they almost always fail to obey physical laws. "Open your mouth for my gun," says the girl at the front desk who has yet to grow into her true beauty. The man will be lucky if he gets out of there with all his teeth. The Los Angeles Times

Greg Sanders's prose will make you wake up and smell the latte... It's an especially rejuvenating discovery if your senses have been dulled by one too many short-story writers who just don't seem interested in language, or whose flat vocabulary appears to be dumbed down in service of their "ordinary" characters. Sanders's debut story collection Motel Girl inscribes its characters with rich inner lives and appealing texture....Whether dramatic or meditative, these stories are deft, enigmatic lyrics that pivot on an image or insight.Tired of a diet of addiction memoirs? Curl up with this collection "with soy milk but almost no foam" to let the literary senses revive.
Rain Taxi Review of Books

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Greg Sanders has hit the bullseye with Motel Girl. The stories original, often surreal, yet thoroughly convincing are tone-perfect, exuding a marvelous, full-bodied authority. An astonishingly fine debut.
Janet Fitch, author ofPaint It Black

Greg Sanders's stories are ingenious and original--but more important, he's a fabulist with a heart.
--David Gates, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Wonders of the Invisible World, Jernigan and PrestonFalls.

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