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Nice Big American Baby by Judy Budnitz
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May 21, 12

bookshelves: fiction, short-stories, favorites, dystopia, read-in-2012
Read from May 19 to 21, 2012

I have a new author to add to my list of favorite short story authors -- Judy Budnitz. Her stories are brave, dystopian, and funny -- an irresistible combo.

I particularly loved "Saving Face," which is all about unthinking allegiance to a political leader. Here are a few quotes from this brilliant shorty story, which I will be returning to again and again:

"What's your dad do? I said. Designs new and better wings for new and better sing nuts, he said proudly. It sounded like he was repeating something a sarcastic adult had said."

"What about your mum? She got taken away. Mine too, I said. There was nothing special about that. It happened all the time."

"Couldn't help it, he insisted. My dad would bell me to draw a flower and it would turn into a Venus flytrap chewing on a hand."

"You have to stop this. I don't want to lose you too. If you have to make a revolution, make a small revolution."
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Judy Budnitz
“What's your dad do? I said. Designs new and better wings for new and better sing nuts, he said proudly. It sounded like he was repeating something a sarcastic adult had said.”
Judy Budnitz, Nice Big American Baby

Judy Budnitz
“What about your mum? She got taken away. Mine too, I said. There was nothing special about that. It happened all the time.”
Judy Budnitz, Nice Big American Baby

Judy Budnitz
“Couldn't help it, he insisted. My dad would bell me to draw a flower and it would turn into a Venus flytrap chewing on a hand.”
Judy Budnitz, Nice Big American Baby

Judy Budnitz
“You have to stop this. I don't want to lose you too. If you have to make a revolution, Make a small revolution.”
Judy Budnitz, Nice Big American Baby


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