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Bookshelf: The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

September 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“… and one morning when I looked up I saw a poem up in the eaves, sequential like the Burma Shave billboards:

Overslept.

So tired.

If late,

Get fired.

Why bother?

Why the pain?

Just go home.

Do it again.

Something changed then. I saw my life in scale: it was just my life. It was not momentous, and only now did I recognize that it had once seemed so to me; that was while my father was watching. I saw myself the way I’d seen the cleaning women in the building across the street. I was just one person in one window. Nobody was watching, except me.”

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That’s an excerpt from “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” by Melissa Bank, which I picked up at a used bookstore for 50 cents recently. I know it’s a dreary passage but one that stuck with me, and a thought that propels the protagonist to make a change in her life. It’s a good and easy read – a book that I devoured during a lazy afternoon at the beach.

Apparently it was made into a movie that was released in 2007, must have been under the radar. It was called “Suburban Girl” based on three short stories out of this book. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin play the leads… a very awkward match. It’s available on Netflix’s streaming video, if you can watch it for free and have nothing better to watch, then go for it. Otherwise, skip it.

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