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Melissa Bank (1960–2022)

Autor/a de The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

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Melissa Bank won the 1993 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. She has published stories in the Chicago Tribune, including Zoetrope, The North American Review, and Other Voices and Ascent. Her work has also been heard on "Selected Shorts" on National Public Radio. She holds an MFA from Cornell mostra'n més University and divides her time between New York City and Sag Harbor, New York. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Melissa Bank’s always witty, occasionally hilarious follow-up to her best-selling novel The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing finds Sophie Applebaum coming to maturity in east-coast urban America of the 1970s and 1980s. Sophie is the middle child of a well-to-do Jewish family from suburban Surrey, Pennsylvania: her even-keeled father a judge, her anxious mother a housewife. Older brother Jack is ambitious, full of ideas, but unreliable; younger brother Robert is ultra-smart and the family’s rule-follower. The eight stories in The Wonder Spot follow wise-cracking, insecure Sophie from childhood to her late thirties and chronicle her efforts to a) find a satisfying job, and b) find a satisfying man (not necessarily in that order). From the outset, we realize that Sophie is the kind of person who mostly does what she’s told, who second-guesses her clothes/makeup/behaviour, who often masks an almost debilitating lack of confidence with self-deprecating humour, who can’t help but envy (and feel inferior to) those around her who seem to know their place in the world and aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Her search for love dominates much of the action as she develops into a young woman who, if a desirable man makes eye contact, her imagination goes to work and in seconds has conjured a life together: children, grandchildren, companionable old age. A hopeless romantic, frequent disappointment leaves her cautious, but just short of overtly cynical. Sophie’s search for a fulfilling career follows a similar pattern (one many will recognize): falling into a position because it’s available, boss from hell, survival mode. Later, as she leaves her twenties behind, family returns to the spotlight. She remains close to her brothers and after her father’s death her relationship with her mother deepens, becoming mutually supportive and almost compassionate. The Wonder Spot was initially criticized for straddling the fence: reviewers couldn’t decide if it was serious literature or chick lit. Readers are advised to dismiss categories and simply read the book. Fiction this entertaining doesn’t come along very often.… (més)
icolford | Hi ha 42 ressenyes més | Mar 3, 2023 |
Like a few other readers, the cover and title convinced me to pick it up.

The book was funny, light and morally deficient. I chewed it for a bit, and then, when the flavor was gone, I threw it away.
Jeffrey_G | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | Nov 22, 2022 |
The title refers to books for women on how to catch a husband by making it a game. Better to be yourself than to play at being things you are not.
bobunwired | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | Nov 19, 2022 |
Wasn't sure what to expect. Sort of surprised it was very good.

Like Jane the book was smart and funny. I love that there was practically no whining about life's hardships, and that Jane's family were close, loving and mostly supportive. And it may have taken Jane a minute or two to recognize when it was time to gracefully end both professional and personal relationships and move on. And she does successfully.

I found the last part of the novel mostly happy but also confusing about why Jane was trying to follow some strange, nonsensical set of rules. Perhaps I spaced out while reading that section.

Yes, finding true love can be hard but so worthwhile!
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Bookish59 | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | Oct 30, 2022 |



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