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Title:
Girl boy etc.
Author:
Weinreb, Michael.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ont. : Red Dress Ink, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
234 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
A collection of stories which delve into the inner lives of young, single men as they weather the uncertainties of modern relationships.
Language:
English
Contents:
What I would tell her -- Last American virgin -- All I know about it -- Satisfaction -- Bear claws the size of her head -- Pictures of my family -- Fox hunters -- Radio radio -- Old men on spring break -- L.A., baby -- Girl boy etc.
ISBN:
9780373250561
Format :
Book

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Girl Boy Etc. by Michael Weinreb released on Apr 23, 2004 is available now for purchase.


Author Notes

Michael Weinreb is a graduate of Penn State and the Boston University creative writing program. He has worked as a sports and features reporter at the Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and Newsday


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Weinreb is the Red Dress Ink line's first male author, and his short-story collection offers a different perspective than books by his female peers as it takes a frank, often unsettling look into the male mind. Motivational speaker Seth longs for his glamorous friend, Rachael, in What I Would Tell Her, though he doesn't have the courage to actually reveal his feelings. Rachael and Seth get together in Satisfaction, but she isn't fulfilled. In The Last American Virgin, a humiliating experience for an awkward fraternity pledge turns into an unexpectedly inspiring and ego-boosting event. And a shock radio DJ humiliates his beautiful but submissive girlfriend on the air in Radio, Radio. Weinreb's characters are often downright unsympathetic, but his stories are always fascinating. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Breakups, pickups and the ups and downs of postadolescent single guys form the backbone of Weinreb's sharp, funny debut collection. In "What I Would Tell Her," Seth, a motivational speaker, documents his unrequited love for a gorgeous, enigmatic woman named Rachael: "Rachael is not ready for a relationship. She is never ready. The Alpha Male could climb through her window with a bouquet of posies and she wouldn't be ready.... In the meantime, the men come and go.... They look startlingly alike, as if Rachael plucked them off the sale rack at the Gap." Another boy smitten by Rachael-and friends with Seth-notes in "Satisfaction" that his group of pals "form[s] a chain-link fence of sexual frustration." Weinreb's hormonal narrators tend to be romantics at heart, but they can also turn predatory; in "The Fox Hunters," a guy on the rebound punches out his friend and then tries to bed an unstable older woman, while "Old Men on Spring Break" features hedonistic former college buddies on the prowl. Shock jocks, wannabe screenwriters and fraternity pledge candidates round out the male character list. Weinreb's book is strongest at the start, before it becomes clear that some of his tales lack depth, some of his female characters lack three-dimensionality and some of his male characters sound a lot like each other. But his take on affairs of the heart-half jaundiced, half sentimental-is original and perceptive, and very appropriate for a collection dedicated to dissecting the endless confusions of love and dating. Sly humor and some excellent comic lines mark Weinreb's strength as a humorist; may he widen his scope in his next outing. Agent, Jane Dystel. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

What I Would Tell Herp. 13
The Last American Virginp. 27
All I Know About Itp. 41
Satisfactionp. 83
Bear Claws the Size of Her Headp. 97
Pictures of My Familyp. 111
The Fox Huntersp. 139
Radio Radiop. 157
Old Men on Spring Breakp. 169
L.A., Babyp. 191
Girl Boy Etc.p. 213