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Former Virgin

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  16 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In this collection of stories, critically acclaimed writer Cris Mazza shines a kleig light on the dark underside of relationships in a disturbing look at the ambiguous nature of our own desires. From women who foster their own abusive relationships, to failed suicide attempts, to furtive -- and horribly violent -- encounters in steamy basements, Mazza's stories cut to the ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Fiction Collective 2
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Aug 05, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Long a fan of Cris Mazza it was a pleasure to reread this collection (and I'm in the process of rereading several of her collections) and to be reminded what smart, edgy fiction, looks like. Not as much formal experimentation in this one as some of the other collections, although the first story, "The Cram-It-In Method," does so hilariously; one of the best roommate stories I've read.
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Aug 20, 2008 Mary Lynn rated it really liked it
Dark and compelling short stories, several of which left me awe-struck. "The Cram-It-In Method", "The Career", "The Something Bad", and "Hesitation" were my favorites.
Mar 03, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it
Mazza writes memorable and resonant characters. The book reminded me of "Sex and the City" before the HBO series came to be.
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Cris Mazza is the author of a dozen books of fiction, mostly recently Waterbaby (Soft Skull Press 2007). Her other titles include the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. She also has a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. Mazza has been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and three Illinois ...more
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