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Lust and Other Stories

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The author of Monkeys and Evening focuses her observant eye and lyrical voice on the delicate emotional negotiations of young New Yorkers. As in a series of deceptively simple watercolors, these stories uncover small moments that yield larger truths--about the ways in which women and men come together and come apart again, about the disappointments and hopes of lovers who ...more
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Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Oh goodness. Oh my. These stories were, they were, just, gutting. I started these stories at an airport terminal. I read them in the back of a cab. I finished them in a hotel room. And I felt empty and broken and faraway.

Each story ripped a hole in my soul just a little bit with the dull aching beautiful loneliness of Minot's words. Her style punches you in the chest. These (girl) characters are silly and searching and losing.

The body. The heart. The ache. Wonderful stories.
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dull preppy girls who who get involved with men who will make them unhappy in quite specific ways
Recommended to Jessica by: Robert Barnett Newman
So I guess Minot is kind of like Midge to Gaitskill's Barbie?

Or something...?

I wanted to like this book because Robert recommended it. While I always hope to like the things my friends and Booksters tell me to read, I suspect I was especially invested in dear Robert's tastes because he's probably the most encouraging reader I've ever (virtually) known, and that includes my mom.

Unfortunately I tried, and I didn't like it! Well, the first story, as many other Booksters here have noted, is very goo
Heather Denkmire
The stories were all well done, good reads (as it were). I felt envious reading it, knowing it's something I'd enjoy writing. The only reason I'm not tagging it as "really liked it" was that it made me sad, but not in a way that makes me focus on the power of the book. The overall point of view was about "needy" women and "distant" men. That was pretty much the theme. It was a quick read, and, again, very well written and assembled.
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I don't know what I expected when I started reading this book, but it wasn't for little pieces of my soul to be eaten away as I finished each story. Such a promising title: Lust. But this is not a book of happy frolicking lust... it's more like the soul-crushing lust of unfulfilled affairs, dead-end romances, and inexperienced fumblings mixed with peer- and self-pressure.

Gripping nonetheless, but soul-hardening.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling Collection

Lust and Other Stories by Susan Minot. Vintage Books, New York, 2000.

The first time I read Minot’s work was the opening story, “Lust,” which stood alone in a textbook of other short pieces of literature. Her ability to tap into the lonely side of lust immediately drew me into the narrative; and I was interested in reading more when I realized it was a part of a collection of stories. There is such truthfulness and humanity in her writing that I have to remind myself that her
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Lust and Other Stories”, by Susan Minot, was published by Houghton Mifflin and S Lawrence in 1989. The 147 pages contain 12 short restless stories about women who cannot find their emotional equivalent in a man. Minot explores the overbearing need for a woman to have constant reminders of love and attention, and what a women will do to achieve these notions.
The book rightfully begins with the short and quite crude story, “Lust”. A young girl, possibly in her early or mid-teens comments on her v
Adrian Stumpp
It took forever to find a copy of this. I searched far and wide for quite a long time before finally finding it on ebay. It was an epic quest, and like most epic quests, the fulfilment turned out to be rather disappointing. The title story is brilliant, one of the best stories written in the second half of the twentieth century in my opinion, and the most visceral and effective version of "I was a teenaged slut" I've ever read. I suppose this story in itself justifies the purchase, but having re ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Very New York City, very 1980's, and stylistically seems quite dated now. Most of these stories are about women who are entering into, meandering within, or exiting relationships. Seventy-five percent of the book is inane dialog; attempts to portray the banality of dating. The final paragraphs usually sum up the banality in a attempt to validate the rest of the story. For the most part the strategy was boring, although I can appreciate the intent behind them. The title story "Lust," which leads ...more
Jack Waters
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Minot’s short glimpses into the interactions of those seeking love, connection, lust, wantedness, desire and other [dis]affections is written very well.

Of course along with those descriptions it is expected to contain the sadness, emptiness, joy, heartbreak, longing, discontent, carelessness, etc that many of us have gone through. Those holding on blindedly, those holding on knowingly. It’s sad, it’s true, it’s familiar. The feelings evoked in the writing are a bit discomfiting, but confronting
Oct 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed these stories; I did. I am a fan of a spare prose style, which Minot employs for the most part, but I am pretty bored with love and break-up stories, even ones as original as these. After my piece in the workshop last semester, several people recommended this book to me, and I can see why. The title story in particular was lovely, and perhaps worthy of further study, but for the most part these stories, while readable and poetic, and sometimes movingly melancholy, failed to inspire me ...more
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: narcissists
I don't really understand the popularity of this collection unless it's indicative of the tendency to mistake vague, incomplete renderings for depth. There are some real, brilliant moments, but it mostly suffers from the common theme that argues that bona fide emotional connections between lovers are only possible after the relationship has failed... gives credence to the idea that most writers are failed lovers.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had a few good moments, but not enough to make any lasting mark. Reads like something written in a writer's workshop: overly crafted and lacking any measurable depth. Reminds me a lot of Joan Didion, so if you enjoy her then this might be your cup of tea.

Chrissy Oropeza
Chrissy Oropeza
Goodreads Long Review
November 15, 2011

Susan Minot compiled twelve of her fiction short stories into a book entitled Lust and Other Stories. These pieces are narrated by different women in different scenes of their lives, following the trend of romance. It is a powerful compilation that snapshots love and the trials and joys that accompany it. This novel brings to life the intimate moments that pinpoint women’t lives.
The book opens with one of Minot’s most popular short stories,
Cheryl Crotty
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I e never been a fan of short stories but someone recently told me if you like to write stories, then you should read stories. So I saw this one at the used book store that I love and I have heard of Susan Minot, so I picked it up. I loved all the little lust stories and her writing was wonderful. If you like short stories or want to try some Lust was very nicely done.
Annette Boehm
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Interesting collection of short stories about how people do or do not connect. More of what I thought of this one can be found on my blog :)
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting relationship power differentials
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lust and other stories was written by Susan Minot and was published by Houghton Mifflin and S Lawrence in 1989. This book was released shortly after Minot’s best seller “Monkeys.” It contains 12 edgy, tense short stories that explore the lives of women who are not comfortable in their own skin and seek out the same relationship time and time again.
I normally do not read anything other than Fantasy, however when we were assigned this project I decided to try something different. Why not read a
Christina Booth
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lust and Other Stories
By: Susan Minot
First Vintage Contemporaries Edition

Susan Minot gets down and dirty and reveals the truth behind the most complicated bond we will ever have, the relationship between man and woman. Whether it is the union of husband and wife, simple lovers, or a one-night stand, Minot explains it all. If you need a book to relate to, find yourself saying, “yes!” out loud while reading because you understand exactly what the characters are going through, then pick up “Lust
Kristen Chavis
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lust & other stories, Susan Minot 1989 Random House

Lust and other stories is a collection of short stories by Susan Minot, about the ambiguities of love and how lovers sometimes know what they want, but don’t know how to get it or how to keep it.
While I enjoyed the overall idea of the book, as I read each story the elements that worked and that didn’t work became clearer to me. It took me a couple of stories to understand her writing style. The first story in the book is Lust. I liked that
Rishelle Vinson
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lust and Other Stories by Susan Minot published by Vintage Books in New York in 1989 is fiction book of short stories about experiences with men told from a woman narrative’s perspective. This book provides insight into the mind of a woman who is not only a victim men who are emotionally unavailable but a victim of putting herself in a cycle of loveless relationships. In “The Man Who Would Not Go Away”: “...the first feeling of love is always serene, and happy. It rejoices. Life has purpose aft ...more
Christey Foster
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tyler Chatelain
Susan Minot's Lust and Other Stories is an intriguing novel which depicts the various social implications faced by women as a result of involvement in relationships –often sexual– with men, capturing the beneficial and negative aspects of relationships, while also highlighting the deeper issues women face when dating. Throughout the novel Minot seems effective in managing to display the importance these relationships and social conflicts have in how they often adversely affect the women portraye ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
What a weird little collection of stories. Minimalist writing, the ‘biography of Susan Minot’ at the end of the book calls it. Indifferent, lacklustre prose is what I would call it.

My impression of this book: pretty much all the stories are about women falling in love or at least having sex with men whom they’re about to lose or have already lost. And from the stories it’s not too hard to see why. (“You push too hard,” one of the men tells one of the interchangeable women in one of the stories,
Jun 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-grades
“Lust” is too told in a 1st person perspective. Minot utilizes the literary element of flashbacks and figurative language to convey the theme of trust, and to show that relationships are complex. One instance of figurative language used in the story is when the protagonist is revealed as curling up like a shrimp: “After sex, you curl up like a shrimp, something deep inside you ruined…” (Minot 253). This illustrates to us the societal expectations of woman, that woman have an obligation to have s ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first chapter of Lust and Other Stories in an anthology for my Creative Writing class, and decided to pick up the rest of the novel for an assigned book report. I'm sad to say that I'm a bit disappointed; where the first piece (Lust) had emotional impact and was exciting to read, the rest fell flat.

Reading the book feels a bit like a dream, the emotions are disconnected, the characters don't seem all the way there, and thoughts are disjointed. I found myself wishing for the females i
Cathy Bryant
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Minot's prose is a dream, and reminiscent of Miranda July's. The stories paint bleak pictures of the lives of women and the men who make them suffer, but the prose is so good that it almost doesn't matter.
I say almost - because the protagonists (with the exception of the one in the title story) are so lacklustre that one can't really blame the men who fail to commit to them or leave them. Imagine the feisty Fay Weldon novels of the 80s and 90s, and the terrible situations therein in which
Mander Pander
Introspection is an interesting experience. For some people, it's like touching a hot stove and the metaphoric hand snatched back because it hurts! So fast it's over. For others, they'll get fully invested, maybe too much, and it's like being tied behind a slow freight train.

Reading Susan Minot is looking into other people's experiences and seeing the reflection of yourself. Then it's just a question of how deep you want to scurry down the rabbit hole.

I didn't give this one 4 or 5 stars because
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These short stories are written in a sparse manner, with the scope being very personal and insightful. Each story involves a woman and her relations with a man, or men. While these collective stories could appear to be portraying women as vulnerable beings in their involvement with men who are distant and/or lame, I think it provides poignant accounts of the harshness of love, found in a city like New York. All the stories leave you with a hint of sadness. I suppose I "really liked" this book be ...more
I have to say that I wasn't as impressed with this one as I'd hoped I would be. While the writing is extremely sharp, clean and good I do feel it lacks something. You may very well enjoy it, but try as I did, I just could not find much real enjoyment in the writing or much titilation from it either. Erotica, for me, must have a rather ethreal and ungrounded well...a rather unhinged quality if you will. My problem with this is not that it is bad, it isn't. It is that it is too grounded for my tas ...more
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Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose books include Monkeys, Folly, Lust & Other Stories, and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. Minot was born in Boston and raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, attended Brown University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She curren ...more
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