And Other Tales of Love and Money
By Rebecca Curtis
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061173097, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 2007
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In this dazzling literary debut, Rebecca Curtis displays the gifts that make her one of the most talented writers of her generation. Her characters—young women struggling to find happiness, love, success, security, and adventure—wait tables, run away from home, fall for married men, betray their friends, and find themselves betrayed as well.
In "Hungry Self," a young waitress descends into the basement of a seemingly ordinary Chinese restaurant; in "Twenty Grand," a young wife tries to recover her lost fortune; in "Monsters," one family's paranoia leads to a sacrifice; and in "The Witches," an innocent swim on prom night proves more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With elegant prose and a wicked sense of humor, these stories reveal Curtis's provocative and uncompromising view of life, one that makes her writing so poignant and irresistible.
Rebecca Curtis's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, including its debut fiction issue, as well as in Harper's, McSweeney's, and n+1. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and her work has been selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.
“A book as delightful as it is disturbing.”
-Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan
“Rebecca Curtis is one of the most exciting practitioners of this most difficult form in America today.”
“Marvelous. . . . Delving into extremes of monotonous oppression, Curtis describes a reality that must be endured.”
“An instant classic. . . . Rebecca Curtis is a hugely talented writer.”
-The Village Voice
“Gorgeous. . . . Vivid imagery suffused with longing: The stories in Rebecca Curtis’ Twenty Grand are satisfingly bittersweet.”
-The Los Angeles Times