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Anything Boys Can Do

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Angie Abdou's short story debut is a sassy collection about likeable women running wild. In an irreverent vivisection of cultural myths of gender such as "women are born nurturers" or "men are inherently more aggressive," Abdou reveals the silent contracts that lie at the underbelly of polished marriages, platonic friendships, barroom flirtations, and not-so-meaningless se ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 2006 by Thistledown Press
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Jul 21, 2012 John rated it really liked it
A great set of short stories, dealing with adulery, academic life, intergenerational chasms, intra-marital chasms. The strong flavour of reality speaks to working through some personal experiences, as often the case with first books.
Nov 25, 2011 Pooker rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, canada
There's nothing I like better to read than short stories. I'm a glutton for them. Added to that, with the chance of discovering a new favourite author, it's like Christmas for me to open the latest Journey Prize Anthology, or Oberon's Coming Attractions. Part of the delight, when you discover a particularly good story, is knowing or at least hoping that you will come upon this author later in life and as you read their newest effort, you'll be able to say, "Hey! I recognize this voice. I knew he ...more
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Feb 22, 2017 Lisa Shamchuk rated it did not like it
I picked this up after a recommendation on Facebook, and since I'd read The Bone Cage by Abdou and liked it, I thought this collection of short stories would be ok. The premise sounded good: it was meant to be a collection of likeable women dealing with life and romance in a man's world.

In actuality, almost every story is about a woman who has an affair that does/does not ruin her marriage. Oh and the last story is about amateur wrestling.

Blah. Read something else.

Sep 11, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these stories very much. I had read one or two last year as part of my twitter #shortstoriesforbreakfast month and had kept it in mind to return to. This year, I could no longer resist reading the entire collection. I had the chance to hear Angie Abdou read from her newest novel Between by Angie Abdou at my local library and not only did I pick up a copy of the new novel, but I also put reserves on Abdou's earlier novel The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou and this short story collection, her first I believe. Abdou briefly described Anything Boys Can Do by Angie Abdou and p ...more
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Nov 08, 2010 Ruth Seeley rated it liked it
There are some very fine stories in this collection. Abdou's women all claim the 'restless' ground: they want to be in relationships but they struggle to have those relationships largely on their own terms, which doesn't always work (for their friends OR their partners). I desperately wanted to 'polish' the first two stories in the collection - the writing was a little - not flabby, just not as taut as I would have preferred. By midway through the collection though, Abdou really hits her stride ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Alexis rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Collection of short stories about modern day relationships. All of the stories are told from the point of view of women and many of them explore women acting aggressively, or trying to change or break free from unhappy relationships.

I thought it was interesting that many of the stories showed some of the themes which were later developed in Abdou's novel "The Bone Cage".
Like it. Of particular interest were stories in early part of collection.
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Jul 17, 2012 Halli Lilburn rated it really liked it
crazy close to home. harsh reality. excellent character development. The stories ended too quickly, I wanted more.
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Angie Abdou was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She received an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Regina, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. She now teaches at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia. She makes her home in Fernie, British Columbia with her husband and two young children. She has pub ...more
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