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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Jayne Anne Phillips has always been a master of portraiture, both in her widely acclaimed novels and in her short fiction.  The stories in Fast Lanes demonstrated the breadth of her talent in a tour de force of voices, offering elegantly rendered views into the lives of characters torn between the liberation of detachment and the desire to connect.

Three stories are collect
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by Vintage (first published 1984)
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Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I find the most fascinating figure of this collection to be a small blue bird egg, delicately painted in gold Chinese characters. It is set in the center of a mandala - radiating steak tags and framed by white pebbles - that is arranged over raw meat at a Bonanza steakhouse. The characters etched on the egg translate as "banquet."

Fast Lanes takes the themes of fragmentation, desparation, and yearning that manifests in shapes of sex or violence or truncated transcendence and gives them a kind of
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Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved the short story Fast Lanes. Not everything was amazing in here, but worth it--SO WORTH IT--to read.
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Kathleen Guler
This is a collection of short stories. Most of them are rather relentless in their dark cast of despairing humans. While the writing is spot on in capturing this, I would have liked to see just a little glimmer of hope or humor, even sardonically, just to relieve the darkness a bit. The last story, "Bess" is my favorite of these as it gives a fuller portrayal of the two main characters, a brother and sister, Bess and Warwick. ...more
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Jayne Anne Phillips has an incredible way with words and describing the concept of 'dislocation' with an understanding.The short stories work with one another to create the full picture of an American wanderer.If you are looking for a book about 'belonging to an American society', then this is the one you should turn to. ...more
Anne Sanow
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hypnotically good prose in these seven stories. The Vietnam-era coming-of-age story "Blue Moon" was expanded into her novel Machine Dreams, but this version (the longest story in the collection) is more engaging in its focus, I think. ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Short stories so it was a fast read. Only the last was very good.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow--masterful writer. This are all early stories and I can only imagine she's gotten better. Makes me want to read all her short stories. ...more
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, own
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I think This Book Is Interesting Because I Learned Alot from This book & I would Like To Recommend This Book To My Friends.
Timmy Cham
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed the artistry in this 150-page collection of
the author's short stories. My favorites were "Blue Moon"
and the title story, "Fast Lanes." The portrayal of relationships
in these stories impressed me, as well as Phillips' great
talent for description.

I'll be re-reading this book, to see how Phillips accomplished
the magic she did.
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Jayne Anne Phillips is an American novelist and short story writer. Phillips graduated from West Virginia University, earning a B.A. in 1974, and later graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Phillips has held teaching positions at several colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University. She is currently Professor of Engl

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