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You Are Having a Good Time

You Are Having a Good Time

Ten short thoughts about this ten-story collection, You Are Having a Good Time by Amie Barrodale. One, I loved the cover of Amie Barrodale's debut collection (may be the reason I picked up the book). But two, I was immediately intrigued by the description on the back that explains that in her collection, "the veneer of normality is stripped from her characters' lives to reveal the seething and contradictory desires that fuel them."  And three, after finishing it, I don't think I want to recommend it. Some are definitely gems ("Animals" and "Frank Advice for Fat Women" were stand outs for me), but they all left you with a sense of -- disgust isn't the right word, but the word I am being drawn to, maybe-- revulsion. Four, but then I'm conflicted and maybe do want to recommend it because maybe that was the point??? Five, I didn't want to always keep reading. But six, the stories were linked together thematically -- therapy, affairs, Buddhism, miscommunication -- and I think that is always an important part of any collection. Seven, as one review asks "Is 'You Are Having a Good Time' beautiful or grotesque?" and I don't know the answer. Maybe a mix of both. Eight, maybe read one of her short stories before you commit to reading the collection. Here's "William Wei," the first story in the book that was originally published on The Paris Review. Nine, some biographical info about the writer: she's fiction editor for Vice. Ten, the rating: ★★★

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: parts One and Two