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Guest Blogger: Of Fame and the Absurd in “Hits and Misses”

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Hits and Misses, a collection of humorous short stories, is a backstage pass to Simon Rich’s fears and neuroses. And that is a good thing. In “The Baby,” we meet Ben, a writer struggling to finish his book before the birth of his son. During a routine ultrasound, Ben discovers his unborn child is writing a novel, one that is lauded by the publishing world as suspenseful and lyrical – which is exactly what Ben had been hoping people would say about his novel. It is a story of father-son jealousy… except the son is still in the womb. “Birthday Party” is a clever take on a timeless, nostalgic idea: what would happen if you were given the chance to…

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Video: Interview with Ryan Aldred and Rum Luck (A Bar on a Beach Mystery)

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Sand. Monkeys. Murder. Ben Cooper was supposed to be on his Pacific honeymoon. Not waking up in a Costa Rican prison cell with no memory of the night before.Then again, Ben never thought he would catch his fiancée with some clown – literally. Or that his friend Miguel would drag him to the surf paradise of Tamarindo before Aunt Mildred could ask why they cancelled the open bar reception. But surely his friend and lawyer Victoria didn’t need to fly down from Toronto overnight. After all, the police would let him go once he sobered up and paid his fine. Right? Except for the little matter of a murder. And Ben’s buying a beachside bar from the victim, hours before…

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Review: Alexandra Kleeman’s Brilliant Debut “You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine”

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Think of Alexandra Kleeman as an heir to Dave Eggers and Douglas Coupland, with a hefty dollop of Margaret Atwood thrown in. Her debut novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper Collins; August 25, 2015), is a full-on postmodern satire bursting with biting commentary on women’s body image, consumerism and conformity. Our narrator, known only as A, lives in a shared suburban apartment. She and her roommate, B, are physically similar and emotionally dependent, egging each other on to paranoia and anorexia. They eat nothing but popsicles and oranges. A’s boyfriend, C, has a penchant for watching porn and mansplaining. A obsesses over every aspect of her body – whether her eyesight, makeup, posture, sexuality or perpetual…

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