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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060981009X
  • ASIN: B0046LUKEA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,760,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Broussard got the inspiration for this collection from having her heart trampled on. The result of that break-up (which she describes in the introduction) is this collection of 26 stories, an A-Z primer on heartbreak by a group of talented young women writers. Two couples meet while on vacation in Anna Maxted's "Dagenham," which leads to the break-up of one of the couples and the solidifying of a relationship between the other pair. In Mary-Beth Hughes' "Honeymoon," Isabel learns her new husband doesn't share her interests or sense of wonder. She finds herself lying to him in order to fulfill his expectations, which only increases his desire for her. Jennifer Weiner's "Regret" is a sad meditation on her father's failed relationships with his wives and family. In Lucinda Rosenfeld's "Yuppie," Rachel is horrified when her boyfriend's lack of political savvy embarrasses her in front of her family. A hip, smart collection that's perfect for anyone who is recovering from a broken heart or looking for a good sampler of some of today's hot young authors. Kristine Huntley
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About the Author

MEREDITH BROUSSARD is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. A literature and arts critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia City Paper, she has also written for Philadelphia Magazine, the Hartford Courant, the Chicago Reader, and the New York Press.

Customer Reviews

Just like truffles, this book is best read in SMALL doses if read at all.
Amy Russo
And I've never written a review of any book before so I don't mean to be rude, but these stories are just way too abstract and so far from the point.
something to say
She has never been anywhere near as unintelligent as some of the 'heroines' in this book.
New England Mama

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2003
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This is one of those books you pass around to girlfriends like a life preserver. I think that if you lose your sense of humor in the love arena, you are in big trouble, so I loved this book's intent: to make women (and men?) laugh over the trials of Cupid and other such fantastic events. Many of the authors have written favorite books of mine, or short stories. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Northrop on December 12, 2005
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Out of the 26 stories, there were but a few worth reading, including Jennifer Weiner's poignant tale. But it's the last story that made reading all the mediocre stories worthwhile - an excellent payoff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2003
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"Who needs Webster's? This dishy dictionary is so much more fun!" --Cosmopolitan.
Well, I had to check it out, and for the price I would say it is the best little book out there as a gift to any girlfriend or guy friend who wants to see how the other half thinks. A surprisingly gifted array of writers contributed to this -- and how wonderful that they did. Many,many laugh out loud passages and more than one enlightening moment. Just a delight!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By New England Mama on August 17, 2005
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My dearest girlfriend is 30something & still single at the time of this writing. I've spend 12 years listening to her "I can't believe that man!" stories. She's dated some incredible guys who turned out to be big creeps. She might not have 26 personal stories, but she's up there.

I thought this book might be a "see you're not alone" sort of book to humor in anguish or tease in fun. I was woefully wrong. She has never been anywhere near as unintelligent as some of the 'heroines' in this book. God forbid she ever comes close!

After reading the editor's blurb at the beginning and then several chapters, I'm glad to see they classify it as fiction. The editor's comment (which I couldn't find a second time to quote & didn't want to waste extra energy trying) that she wanted to write something more then "Bridgette Jones" type relationship ignorance. I laugh. These stories make Bridge look like a winning-at-love intellectual.

This book contains numerous examples of poor choices, lots of sex and sticky situations. As an editor myself, I cringed at the poor quality of writing and wonder about the target audience. The 50¢ I paid for it at a book sale was too much.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Archut on July 8, 2003
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As I picked up "Dictionary of Failed Relationships," I was unsure about whether or not I was going to enjoy it. I had just finished "Fear of Flying" by Erica Jong for a book club I belong to, and I didn't want to cloud up any of my thoughts and feelings before the meeting. Well, this book helped me to define my thoughts and feelings more clearly -- both for myself and for the club. Isn't that what a dictionary is supposed to do?!
This book is excellent . . . it is funny, it is intelligent, it is witty, and it is absolutely worth the price. I enjoyed the different points-of-view from each author, and the introduction by the editor was absolutely hilarous! I can't wait to share this with my daughter(s) and/or nieces when the time is right.
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