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Russian Lover and Other Stories
by Jana Martin
Dazzling short stories from a prizewinning young author, whose smart but vulnerable heroines -- from an apprentice dominatrix in over her head, to a spurned wife explaining her husband's flaws to his mother, to a stripper who turns the tables on her customers -- get in all kinds of trouble and have to dig themselves out with brains and nerve.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published May 28th 2007 by Yeti Publishing
(first published May 21st 2007)
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Loved this. Martin experiments with narrative form and structure. "Perforated: A Lexicon" is an absolute delight. The ending of "Three Sisters" makes you want to write Martin and demand more. And the title story is touching, hilarious, and truly one of the best epistolary stories I've ever read. I can't wait for her next book!
Each short story is a small snapshot of life- there's not always a "meaning," there's not always a beginning, middle, and end, but life itself is so facinating the details alone can be worth reading. The author skillfully expresses this "detail-story" art. I would read this again.