Modern stories for modern times, Crash Diet is at once brilliant and bitter, happy and heartbreaking. In eleven stories, acclaimed novelist Jill McCorkle tells the varied tales of today’s southern women, the lives they end up leading, and the loves that distract them. Sandra knows that the best revenge is her ex-husband’s credit card; Ruthie is stuck owning a motel that the highway has bypassed; Anna is a widow who goes to airports and looks in on other people’s lives; Bunny waits eagerly for her absent sister’s postcards for advice on how to live. Stuck in the slow lane, gunning their motors, they are women living the real life, hoping things will get better, but surprised when they occasionally do.
“In her first short story collection, McCorkle resumes her remarkable storytelling skills, already demonstrated in four well-received novels… Widows, recent divorcees, teenage girls, retired women, and single mothers populate these pages. Each woman imparts to McCorkle’s fortunate readers a touching, downright bone-tickling account of her individual struggle in the New South.” —Library Journal
“McCorkle has always been adept at using the comic clutter of modern-day young lives—condos, answering machines, microwaves—to make a point about old- fashioned, everyday emotions: broken hearts, loneliness, false hopes… With McCorkle driving, every detour is sure to take you straight through the human heart.” —Kirkus Reviews
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