The Porno Girl
and Other Stories
By Merin Wexler
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312310578, 224pp.)
Publication Date: June 2003
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Brazen and sharp-witted, Merin Wexler’s linked stories bind mothers, daughters, and wives wrestling with a fear of intimacy in sexual and family relationships.
These are women and teenagers caught in the pivotal conflicts of their lives, questioning and testing out their desirability, and their fitness as wives, mothers, and friends.
Merin Wexler touches a nerve, capturing longings and terrors that are both all-too-familiar and usually kept private. A new mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the local porn shop, her baby strapped to her chest. A career mom decides to have a second child to keep her nanny. A teenaged babysitter sleeps with the dad to get closer to the mom. The glamorous proprietress of the summerhouse next door takes advantage of her infatuated teenage neighbor to suppress her feelings of estrangement from her indifferent husband. Wickedly funny and unsettling, The Porno Girl is a work of startling insight by a gifted young writer.
Merin Wexler graduated from Harvard University, where she won a Knox Fellowship to Oxford University, and she earned her MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has been awarded the Heekin Foundation's Tara Prize for Short Fiction, among other prizes, and has won both an NEA/WritersCorps Fellowship and an NEH Fellowship. She lives in New York City where she is currently writing a novel forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.
"Few writers can present such powerful emotions in Wexler's clean, direct manner."
"Sharp, wry and darkly funny, these stories show off a seductive, talented new voice."