Jenny and the Jaws of Life

10174In case you’ve never read Jincy Willett’s brilliant short story collection Jenny and the Jaws of Life, please do. Here’s one of the best lines ever written by anyone anywhere:

I can’t sleep, and I’m not so much depressed as humiliated, both by slapstick catastrophe and by the minute tragedy of my wasted talents.

And then go out and read her subsequent three novels. And be thankful to have them to read now, because 15 years went by between Jenny and her next book, Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather.

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