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This Is Not Chick Lit

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This Is Not Chick Lit

Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers

By Elizabeth Merrick (Editor)

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812975673, 321pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006

New short stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Aimee Bender Judy Budnitz Jennifer S. Davis Jennifer Egan Carolyn Ferrell Mary Gordon Cristina Henriquez Samantha Hunt Binnie Kirshenbaum Dika Lam Caitlin Macy Francine Prose Holiday Reinhorn Roxana Robinson Curtis Sittenfeld Lynne Tillman Martha Witt
"Chick lit: A genre of fiction that often recycles the following plot: Girl in big city desperately searches for Mr. Right in between dieting and shopping for shoes. Girl gets dumped (sometimes repeatedly). Girl finds Prince Charming.
"This Is Not Chick Lit "is a celebration of America's most dynamic literary voices, as well as a much needed reminder that, for every stock protagonist with a designer handbag and three boyfriends, there is a woman writer pushing the envelope of literary fiction with imagination, humor, and depth.
The original short stories in this collection touch on some of the same themes as chick lit the search for love and identity but they do so with extraordinary power, creativity, and range; they are also political, provocative, and, at turns, utterly surprising. Featuring marquee names as well as burgeoning talents, "This Is Not Chick Lit "will nourish your heart, and your mind.
"This Is Not Chick Lit" is important not only for its content, but for its title. I ll know we re getting somewhere when equally talented male writers feel they have to separate themselves from the endless stream of fiction glorifying war, hunting and sports by naming an anthology This Is Not a Guy Thing.
Gloria Steinem
These voices, diverse and almost eerily resonant, offer us a refreshing breath of womanhood-untamed, ungroomed, and unglossed. ELLE.

About the Author
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel,

"Purple Hibiscus, "won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and

the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. Her short

fiction has won the 2003 O. Henry Prize and has appeared in various literary

publications, including "Granta "and the "Iowa Review. "She is a

2005/2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her time

between the United States and Nigeria. Her second novel, "Half of a Yellow

Sun, "will be published in September 2006.

Aimee Bender is the author of three books, most recently the story collection

"Willful Creatures. "Her short fiction has been published in

"Granta, GQ, Harper s, The Paris Review, Tin House, "and other publica-

tions and has been heard on Public Radio International s "This American

Life. "She lives in Los Angeles.

Judy Budnitz s stories have appeared in "The New Yorker, Harper s, Story,

The Paris Review, "the "Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Fence, "and

"McSweeney s. "She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize, and her debut

collection, "Flying Leap, "was a "New York Times "Notable Book in 1998.

Budnitz is also the author of the novel "If I Told You Once, "which won the

Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in

Britain. Her most recent book is the collection "Nice Big American Baby.

"She lives in San Francisco.

Jennifer S. Davis is the author of "Her Kind of Want, "winner of the

2002 Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in such

magazines as the "Oxford American, The Paris Review, Grand Street, "and

"One Story. "Her new collection of short stories, "Our Former Lives in Art,

"is forthcoming from Random House in spring 2007.

Jennifer Egan is the author of the novels "The Invisible Circus "and

"Look at Me, "which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001,

and a short-story collection, "Emerald City. "Her short stories have appeared

in "The New Yorker, Harper s, "and "McSweeney s, "among other

publications. Also a journalist, she writes frequently for "The New York

Times Magazine. "Her new novel, "The Keep, "will be published in August


Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection "Don t

Erase Me, "which won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the

John C. Zacharis First Book Award, given by "Ploughshares, "and the New

Voices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club. Her stories have been

published in several anthologies, including "The Best American Short Stories

of the Century, "edited by John Updike, and "Children of the Night:

The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present, "edited by

Gloria Naylor. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship,

Ferrell teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in the Bronx

with her husband and two children.

Mary Gordon s novels include "Pearl, Spending, The Company of

Women, The Rest of Life, "and "The Other Side." She is also the author of the

memoir "The Shadow Man, "among other works of nonfiction. She has received

a Lila Wallace-Reader s Digest Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship,

and the 1997 O. Henry Award for best story. She teaches at Barnard College

and lives in New York City.

Cristina Henriquez is the author of the short-story collection "Come

Together, Fall Apart." She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop,

and her fiction has appeared in "The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Glimmer

Train, TriQuarterly, "and "AGNI. "She was featured in "Virginia Quarterly

Review "as one of Fiction s New Luminaries. She lives in Dallas with

her husband.

Samantha Hunt is a writer and artist from New York. She is the author

of "The Seas "and the forthcoming novel "The Invention of Everything Else.

"Her stories have appeared in "The New Yorker, McSweeney s, Cabinet, "and

"Seed Magazine "and have been heard on Public Radio International s "This

American Life. "Hunt teaches writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of two story collections, "Married

Life "and "History on a Personal Note, "and five novels, "On Mermaid

Avenue, Pure Poetry, A Disturbance in One Place, Hester Among the

Ruins, "and "An Almost Perfect Moment. "She is a professor at Columbia

University, Graduate School of the Arts.

Dika Lam was born in Canada and lives in Brooklyn. She was a New

York Times Fellow in the MFA program at New York University, and her

work has appeared in "Scribner s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999, Story,

One Story, ", and elsewhere. The first chapter of her novel-in-

progress won the 2005 Bronx Writers Center Chapter One contest.

Caitlin Macy is the author of the novel "The Fundamentals of Play "and

is at work on a collection of short stories. Her short fiction has appeared

in "The New Yorker "and she is the recipient of a 2005 O. Henry Prize. She

lives with her family in London.

Francine Prose is the author of fourteen books of fiction, including,

most recently, "A Changed Man "and "Blue Angel, "which was a finalist for

the National Book Award. Her nonfiction includes the national bestseller

"The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired

"and "Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles. "Her next book, "Reading Like a

Writer, "will be out in summer 2006 from HarperCollins. A recipient of

numerous grants and awards, among them Guggenheim and Fulbright

fellowships, Prose was a Director s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and

Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.

Holiday Reinhorn lives in Los Angeles. Her debut collection of short

stories, "Big Cats, "was named one of the best books of 2005 by the "San

Francisco Chronicle." She is a recipient of the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction

and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Creative Writing

Institute at the University of Wisconsin/Madison. Reinhorn s stories

have appeared in "Zoetrope, Tin House, Ploughshares, "and "Columbia,

"among other publications. She is currently at work on a novel.

Roxana Robinson is the author of seven books: three novels, three

short-story collections, and a biography of Georgia O Keeffe. Her most

recent book is the collection "A Perfect Stranger. "Robinson was named a

Literary Lion by the New York Public Library and has received fellowships

from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim

Foundation. Four of her books were named Notable Books of the Year

by "The New York Times. "Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker, The

Atlantic, Harper s, One Story, Daedalus, Best American Short Stories,

The New York Times, "and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and

teaches at the New School.

Curtis Sittenfeld s first novel, "Prep, "was a national bestseller. Chosen

as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by "The New York Times, "it will

be published in twenty-three foreign countries, and its film rights have

been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Her second novel, "The Man of

My Dreams, "was published by Random House in May 2006. Sittenfeld s

nonfiction has appeared in "The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, Allure,

Glamour, "and on Public Radio International s "This American Life."

Lynne Tillman s last novel, "No Lease on Life, "was a finalist for the National

Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and a "New York Times "Notable

Book of the Year. Her most recent book is "This Is Not It, "a collection of

stories and novellas. Her new novel "American Genius: A Comedy "will be

published by Soft Skull Press in October 2006. Tillman is a fellow of the

New York Institute of the Humanities and a recent recipient of a

Guggenheim Fellowship.

Martha Witt is the author of the novel "Broken as Things Are. "Her short

fiction and translations are included in the anthologies "Post-War Italian

Women Writers "and "The Literature of Tomorrow. "She is a recipient of

a Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship, a Spencer Fellowship, a

Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, and a New York Times Fellowship, as well

as residencies at the Yaddo and Ragdale artist colonies. Originally from

Hillsborough, North Carolina, she now lives in New York City with her

husband and two children"

Praise For This Is Not Chick Lit

“These voices, diverse and almost eerily resonant, offer us a refreshing breath of womanhood-untamed, ungroomed, and unglossed.”-ELLE