Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle audiobook

Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories

By Aryn Kyle
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Aryn Kyle, whose first novel was hailed as "reason for readers to rejoice" (USA Today), turns her gift for storytelling to the lives of girls and women in this spectacular collection. In "Nine," a young girl given to exaggeration escapes a humiliating ninth birthday celebration with the help of her father's new girlfriend. The dubious benefits of sleeping with one's boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer in the hilarious "Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore." "Femme" delivers an uncomfortably recognizable portrait of the dark, manipulative side of female friendship. And in "Boys and Girls Like You and Me," a raid on a neighbor's meth lab crystallizes the unlikely friendship between a solitary woman and the goth teenage girl who lives in the apartment below her. In moments electric with sudden harmony or ruthless indifference, the girls and women in this collection provoke, beguile, entertain, and reveal a poignant and searingly accurate portrait of the female heart. With her keen eye for character, her humor, and her uncanny grasp of the loneliness, selfishness, and longing that permeates the female experience, Kyle has secured her reputation as a major young talent.

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Summary

Aryn Kyle, whose first novel was hailed as "reason for readers to rejoice" (USA Today), turns her gift for storytelling to the lives of girls and women in this spectacular collection. In "Nine," a young girl given to exaggeration escapes a humiliating ninth birthday celebration with the help of her father's new girlfriend. The dubious benefits of sleeping with one's boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer in the hilarious "Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore." "Femme" delivers an uncomfortably recognizable portrait of the dark, manipulative side of female friendship. And in "Boys and Girls Like You and Me," a raid on a neighbor's meth lab crystallizes the unlikely friendship between a solitary woman and the goth teenage girl who lives in the apartment below her. In moments electric with sudden harmony or ruthless indifference, the girls and women in this collection provoke, beguile, entertain, and reveal a poignant and searingly accurate portrait of the female heart. With her keen eye for character, her humor, and her uncanny grasp of the loneliness, selfishness, and longing that permeates the female experience, Kyle has secured her reputation as a major young talent.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[A] sure-to-please collection....There's no shortage of heartache, and Kyle's varied approaches to it consistently reveals new ways of feeling bad. Publishers Weekly
“The rare story collection that inspires a reader to go through it in one sitting. Days after reading them, these stories, in their admirable brevity, complexity, and completeness, have a way of hanging on in the mind.” Rumpus
“This sure-to-please collection by Kyle probes the frequently wrongheaded choices girls and young women make to feel happy and loved." Publishers Weekly
“Irresistibly readable…There is an almost perverse artistry at work here…and at least two of the stories—‘Nine’ and ‘A Lot like Fun’—are near-perfect exercises in persuading readers that the hallmark of human nature is imperfectability and that truth is its ultimate falsehood.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Aryn Kyle

Author Bio: Aryn Kyle

Aryn Kyle is the author of the bestselling novel The God of Animals and a graduate of the University of Montana writing program. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, the Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New American Voices 2005, Best American Short Stories 2007, and the Atlantic Monthly. Her story “Foaling Season” won a National Magazine Award. She is also the recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and others. She lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English