- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: Flatmancrooked (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982034873
- ISBN-13: 978-0982034873
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,453,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If You're Not Yet Like Me Paperback – November 1, 2010
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One can also say that the story is very L.A. and I can swear that I have been in that coffee house and that bar and that diner. I swear I have also been in that apartment and in her tub. I may even have dated that girl before.
The book ends abruptly, as if the story fell from a sudden cliff, in what is apparently a signature Lepucki literary characteristic. The flavor of the story lingers in your mouth, perhaps because, as with any good dish, if you are left wanting more, you appreciate the exquisite culinary delicacy much more than if you were served a full plate.
This book is too short, though, and it leaves you thirsty for more Lepucki. One can only hope that she publishes a new book soon, perhaps a longer one, or otherwise, one filled with several short stories.
It's a beautiful piece of work, and I look forward her new novel.
Joellyn is the somewhat dissociative, messy, single narrator of this little `love story'. She is unsure of how to interact with men, a situation we observe in her meeting and eventually dating the newly arrived San Francisco writer Zachary who is unremarkable, unnoticeable, doughy, and obviously new at encounters. Joellyn wears her Grannies underwear on first dates so that she won't be tempted to undress on the first time out. But she somehow has a pity break for Zachary and ends up taking him to her filthy apartment (Zachary likewise lives in moldy squalor), and a relationship of sorts begins. Joellyn also has an encounter with a handsome actor Dickens, but that haughty encounter the first go round results in little - until the end of Joellyn and Zachary when Dickens enters the picture again and impregnates her.
A short story of tow people interacting, but the lines Lepucki gives Joellyn are priceless. Brief example, when looking at the handsome Dickens' smile the second time around she state, `A girl could sleep on the pink of those gums.Read more ›
What a surprise near the end, then, when we learn that every word written in the first 70 pages had another meaning, a meaning that manages to be both darker and more optimistic than we might initially think. Even the language then becomes deliciously double-sided. Take, for example, the aphorism "A girl will bleed and then she will cry," introduced as part of a flashback to Joellyn's childhood, when she injured her hand playacting as a woman warrior; this evocative truism turns out to have at least three meanings and to offer three different ways of regarding the action of Joellyn's tiny, banal but completely absorbing story.
Similarly, at the turning point of the book, another character's response to Joellyn (sorry for the awkward description here; I'm trying not to spoil this wonderful moment in the book) suddenly allows us to see our protagonist from a completely different perspective and to understand secrets of her character that the intimacy of the book had hidden from us earlier.
A tight little work of genius. I want to read more of Lepucki, but I didn't wish this novella were any longer. I think it is just perfect as it is.
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Another case of a brilliant writer publishing something -- I just don't understand why -- that is only mediocre and probably should have been held back and developed much more (or... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susan K. Noel
The only complaint I have about this book is that it ended, so soon. Edan, I need more!! Buy itPublished 13 months ago by Susan Kim
There were some great moments in this book - the writing is honest, clear and engaging.Published 15 months ago by Charlotte