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Short Stories

Barbara the Slut and Other People

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Lauren Holmes, on your first novel!

by Lauren Holmes

Quick take

This collection sees everything through the lens of the young, the sexually alive, the humorous.

Why I love it

When I first heard about this short story collection, I remember giggling nervously. Why had the author decided to title the book so provocatively? Did it need a shtick to help it stand out, or is the book actually as salacious as it sounds?

There are short fiction writers who tackle the whole breadth of human experience—love, morality, parenthood, heartbreak, angst, mortality, prejudice—and while...

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