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Dumped : an anthology
Max, B. Delores.
First edition.
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New York : Grove Press, [2003]

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xiii, 332 pages ; 21 cm
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PS648.L6 D86 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Literature is full of lyrical odes to the glory of falling in love. But what of its opposite -- the moment when it becomes clear that things are indisputably over? Dumped is a survey of every type of romantic crack-up, a group of stories full of the hilarity, wisdom, insight, and sometimes, yes, fierce revenges of some of the most memorable broken hearts in recent literature. Dumped sheds light on what can be the toughest part of human relations -- whether newly elucidating the misery we'veall endured, or merely reminding us that others have had it far worse -- from the mother in Elizabeth Berg's Open House absurdly attempting to tell her son his father has left, to the betrayed wife in Roald Dahl's "Lamb to Slaughter," who beats her husband to death with a leg of lamb, then cooks it for the police. With contributions from such notable authors as Will Self, Saul Bellow, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Dorothy Parker, Andre Dubus, and Tobias Wolff, as well as rising stars like Lucinda Rosenfeld and Steve Almond, Dumped spans every variety of romantic catastrophe and every possible response to it; from the wise to the hilarious, the bitter to the bittersweet. This book is the panacea for problems of the heart.

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Library Journal Review

This playful anthology offers exactly what its title promises: short fiction pieces based on being dumped. Spanning literary genres and time periods, it offers works by authors from Jane Austen to Haruki Murakami. While some of the pieces are taken from novels, as in the case of Austen, where chapters are excerpted from Sense and Sensibility, most are short stories clipped from previously published material. What is original here is the theme, the notion of the pain of being jilted as literary genre. Although the authors offer an array of moods and styles, from humorous to grave, the universal theme allows readers from all walks of life to appreciate this collection. Most notable are Noah Baumbach's clever "The Zagat History of My Last Relationship" and Steve Almond's passionate "How To Love a Republican," a testament to the difficulties of maintaining an inter-partisan relationship. While not essential, this is a distinctive collection that would be a nice edition to any short fiction or anthology collection.-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Noah BaumbachAlice MunroWilliam TrevorLorrie MooreJane AustenLucinda RosenfeldTobias WolffHaruki MurakamiSteve AlmondJo Ann BeardRichard FordSaul BellowDorothy ParkerAndre DubusElizabeth BergDan O'BrienRoger HartWill SelfElizabeth BowenBruce Jay FriedmanRoald DahlDallas AngguishRaymond Carver
Introductionp. ix
The Zagat History of My Last Relationshipp. 1
The Spanish Ladyp. 5
Access to the Childrenp. 21
Willingp. 41
From Sense and Sensibilityp. 61
The Male Gazep. 83
From This Boy's Lifep. 91
UFO in Kushirop. 99
How to Love a Republicanp. 117
The Fourth State of Matterp. 143
Under the Radarp. 163
From Herzogp. 175
A Telephone Callp. 179
Over the Hillp. 185
From Open Housep. 199
Final Touchesp. 213
My Stuffp. 223
The End of the Relationshipp. 235
Making Arrangementsp. 263
Marching Through Delawarep. 275
Lamb to the Slaughterp. 281
The Camping Groundp. 293
Feverp. 309