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Middle-Aged Boys & Girls

Middle Aged Boys Girls We all know adults who are stranded in the amber of adolescence Growing older but not necessarily growing up is the central theme of Middle Aged Boys Girls featuring characters who to varying degree

  • Title: Middle-Aged Boys & Girls
  • Author: Diane Bracuk
  • ISBN: 9781771830690
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • We all know adults who are stranded in the amber of adolescence Growing older but not necessarily growing up is the central theme of Middle Aged Boys Girls, featuring characters who, to varying degrees, are stuck in adolescent roles of rebel, outcast, enfant terrible and cool kid All are linked by losses of looks, of status, of job security, of health, of confidenWe all know adults who are stranded in the amber of adolescence Growing older but not necessarily growing up is the central theme of Middle Aged Boys Girls, featuring characters who, to varying degrees, are stuck in adolescent roles of rebel, outcast, enfant terrible and cool kid All are linked by losses of looks, of status, of job security, of health, of confidence which forces them to life s inevitable turning point Given that we are living in an age where fifty is the new forty, and forty is the new thirty, and twenty is the new god knows what, these stories, with their sometimes painful, sometimes funny and always unflinching truths, resonate.

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    1. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell says:

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestShort story collections are the literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. On the one hand, they allow an author to be more experimental and the reader to "sample" the author's work. On the other hand, sometimes things get too crazy and you end up with the "coconut nougat" story.Shadow Selves - ☆☆☆☆☆MIDDLE-AGED BOYS & GIRLS starts out strong with Shadow Selves a story about a thin woman who [...]

    2. Thank you to Guernica Editions for providing me with an advanced copy of Diane Bracuk's Middle-Aged Boys & Girls, in exchange for an honest reviewOT- Diane Bracuk's short story collection, Middle-Aged Boys & Girls, revolves around the theme of middle-aged adults stuck in some type of childish mentality or behavior. Her stories examine what it means to be a "grown-up" and why it's so easy to revert to childish behavior in middle-ageKE- Bracuk has a gift for creating memorable characters a [...]

    3. This is one of the best short story collections I read and, by far, my best book from Netgalley.To put it simply, the writing is delicious. It has spirit and critique. Sometimes it gets judgy, and sometimes it gets heartbreakingly empathetic. From the first paragraph, I knew I found a hidden jewel: after I read this, I found myself closer to my human peers, more privy to their inner insecurities (and how those relate to mine) than judgmental of their shortcomings. This is what "high literature" [...]

    4. This is an easy collection of stories to dip in and out of and none of them take too long to read. Each story is a microcosm of everyday life with an aspect maybe twisted or blown out of proportion to make the story. I did find I was just getting into the story when I flicked the page to find the end of the story - just when it was beginning to capture me.I was attracted to this book by the cover and being of an age that I thought I would relate to the stories. However, I think it would suit any [...]

    5. Intriguing, often wickedly funny, stories about grown-ups who have never truly left behind their childhood and teenage identities -- the bully, the rebel, the exhibitionist and more. The writing is knife-sharp and cuts close to the bone. A great read for grown-ups who can't shake the sense that they're still growing up. Diane Bracuk is a writer to watch.

    6. An excellent collection of short stories about how grown-ups often act like children. Bracuk has an easy style to her writing that makes it a joy to read, creating instantly recognisable characters who appear almost mundane yet who behave in extraordinary ways.From grown women trying to impress girls, to a family trying to stop their rental from being sold from underneath them by putting a dead animal in the air vent, these are the actions of impetuous children made by their older and supposedly [...]

    7. With surgical precision and wry humour, Diane Bracuk nails the failings, flailings and foibles of middle-aged boys and girls who carry with them not only the baggage of their youth but also the vicissitudes that come with aging. The issues one thought were particular to youth, those that naive, formerly youthful selves believed would be miraculously cured by aging, are not, and this realization is explored in detail as seen through the lens of Bracuk's all-seeing eye. Funny, engaging and very re [...]

    8. Not only have I *met* most of the characters in this book of vignettes, to a certain degree, I *am* most of these characters. Still in disbelief that I am actually middle-aged. Still clinging to the young person I am inside.

    9. I am not usually a fan of short stories but the title was too intriguing. I enjoyed these stories, reflecting on the characters, their circumstances and if they really were middle-aged boys and girls.

    10. For those of us gathered at Liz' it was a treat to have the the author join us for the discussion. The writer said a reviewer made a comment along the way that characters in the story all had some sense of shame or guilt. Interesting observation, and it rang true, even though I'd read the short stories months before.

    11. Evergreen nominee for 2017 (Ontario Library Association, Forest of Reading program), a collection of short stories. The theme is growing older but not necessarily growing up, a very enjoyable read.

    12. Sometimes I just want to read books about Canada. Even if that Canada is shrunk down, essentially, to only Toronto, there's something comforting about the Canadian-ness of Can-Lit. You can see the importance of literature that speaks outside the white, male, American/British experience when one finds a book that gives comfort to one's own experience. So Middle-Aged Boys & Girls -- even when the stories are supposed to be cringe-inducing, I can still feel like yay Canada (Toronto)! Yay women! [...]

    13. I was thoroughly taken in and entertained by Diane Bracuk’s debut collection of short stories. There wasn’t a single story that didn’t command my attention from beginning to end, or that didn’t fail to elicit my admiration for its voice, use of language, mordant wit, and creative characterization. I know a lot of readers who eschew the short story for the novel because the latter allows them to get closer to the characters and the worlds they inhabit, but one of the great things about ea [...]

    14. *Disclaimer: I was provided and ARC of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review. Let me preface this by saying that I usually don't enjoy short stories. Writing them is a special sort of talent; the ability to create characters and situations that must immediately grab the reader's attention and make her care about them. Bracuk has this talent in spades. Every one of the stories held my interest and usually left me wanting more. Was the house ever sold? How did the sexual harass [...]

    15. I don't normally like short stories, but this collection proved the exception. The stories in this collection are compelling, ironic, sometimes comical, often heartbreaking in an understated way. The writing is beautiful and the author has a gift for showing how small, daily events and routine happenings can have profound meaning in our lives. Highly recommend

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