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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aryn Kyle Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Aryn Kyle 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.

In the hilarious “Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore,” the dubious benefits of sleeping with one’s boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer.

“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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melita | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent book of short stories. Very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Loraine Agee | 2/13/2014

    " It was okay...a little mediocre for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/13/2014

    " The first book of short stories I have read in a long while. I thought Kyle's voice as clear and distinct through each story. Some will break your heart while others will make you laugh. A wonderful read when you're looking for something short but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/1/2014

    " If I could give this 2.5 stars, I would. I loved the first two stories and began to think that perhaps my idea of myself as someone who doesn't like short stories was wrong. The third story was okay, and then it went downhill from there except for the final paragraph of the final story (Boys and Girls Like You and Me). By this time I was reading impatiently, ready to be done with the book. And then, at the end of a story about loneliness and bad choices and sadness and women who let men control too much of their lives, a teenage Goth girl begs the woman in the apartment upstairs (a woman who is having an affair with a married man, who drinks too much, and who writes papers for a cheater website), to give her a ride to the regional music festival across town, where she is supposed to perform in front of a judge. The woman agrees and is surprised by how beautifully the girl plays the violin. And there was a passage of beauty and hope that I read, surprised, and then read again. The final paragraph was this (the woman talking to the teenager about when she played the violin): And this, this is the part I want you to know: That moment lives in my head, a thing with breath and blood. A present tense. An always--that sudden blossoming of grace and beauty and competence, all of it so unexpected, all of it so undeserved, and the feeling or knowledge or faith that somehow, someday, everything was going to be all right. (p. 224-225) For me, that made it worth finishing the book. I'd read another novel by Aryn Kyle, but not another book of short stories. I read this one because I loved her first novel, The God of Animals, which I would highly recommend. "

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