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Your Body Is Changing by Jack Pendarvis
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Jan 06, 08

Recommended for: people who like McSweeney's or Southern gothic
Read in January, 2008

This is a very funny, very out-of-the-ordinary collection of short stories (7 stories and the novella-length title story). Most of Pendarvis' characters make Ignatius J. Reilly look like a guy you'd take home to Mama. The stories are wild and whimsical and Pendarvis' imagination rarely slows to less than a gallop (leading to lots of tangential forks in the narratives that somehow end up fitting just fine). If you can conceive of finding rotting teeth funny, this book would be fun for you. Also, the cover is one hell of a conversation-starter on the subway.

My favorites were "Roger Hill" and "Tollbooth Confidential." The title story, about a fundamentalist 14-year-old boy who is developing a breast as he goes on a mission to get to New York in order to fulfill what he believes is Jesus' order to save a girl in a coma by making out with her, is also pretty awesome.

(Full disclosure, I've met Jack Pendarvis a couple times and think he's great.)
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George This sounds incredible.


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