Not Her Real Name and Other Stories
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Not Her Real Name and Other Stories

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This collection of twelve stories peopled by oversensitive twentysomethings transcends the self-indulgence that generally plagues the pseudodisenfranchised world of slackerdom and brings modern life into harsh and comic focus. There's "Let's Go," the story of a young couple's apathetic wanderings on a trip to discover the real Prague; "You Can Hear the Boats Go By," the st...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 18th 1997 by Anchor
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Beth Anne
i forgot that i read this book until beth gave me another book by this author...which is now on my "to read" list.

either way....i remember when i read this book, in college, i liked it a lot. it's a collection of slacker style stories....written in the 90's for my generation (X)...when we were living in the 90's.

written well. i'll be interested in reading a more adult novel by this author.
Cheyenne Blue
Well written short stories. A mix of young people in urban settings, and childhood reflections. Her style is terse and rough cut, present tense, but it works well and these were very readable. Overwhelmingly though, the subject matter was bleak. Failure was a theme throughout, even if the characters didn't realize it.

My favorites were "After McDonald's" - two friends leave school and become a poet and an actor. It chronicles their journey and their lack of success, set against the backdrop of t...more
Steve Scott
Perkins' novels are (mostly) utter junk...but her short stories are pure gold. edgy, dark, and very cool.
Lawrence
Great stories, although the stories can be a bit bleak ...
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Emily Perkins is a writer of contemporary fiction, and the success of her first collection of stories, not her real name and other stories, established her early on as an important writer of her generation. Perkins has written novels, as well as short fiction, and her writing has won and been shortlisted for a number of significant awards and prizes. She was the 2006 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow...more
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