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If You're Not Yet Like Me [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Edan Lepucki

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November 2010
"Why, when I was reading this extraordinary--no other word for it--novella, did I start thinking of Henry James? Thinking, specifically, of his adventures in human desire, cruelty, and perversity as found in The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady,and other works of highly civilized terror. Lepucki's work is very much of the here and now--funny, smart, sardonic, and fully sexed--but she goes at her subject with the same flaying relentlessness as H. James. I'll use that word again: Extraordinary. This little book is the real deal."
-Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

"Edan Lepucki's sly, smart novella is never quite a love story-in fact, rarely has the edict 'only connect' seemed more difficult to enact than among her small tribe of underachievers. Sex, however, retains its reliable consequences. And therein lies the beauty and the gut punch of this sneaky, deft book."
-Michelle Huneven, author of Blame

"If You're Not Like Yet Like Me tells quite a few damn good jokes before it decides to twist your heart apart. Gracefully written, barbed and biting; a touching meditation on the mistakes we make before meeting the ones who truly deserve our love."
-Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Meridian, and FiveChapters, among other publications, and she is the winner of the 2009 James D. Phelan Award. She is a staff writer for The Millions and lives in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A voice-driven story that gives Carver a run for his money 15. November 2010
Von Andres Jaramillo - Veröffentlicht auf
Lepucki's very short book is a captivating story driven by voice. The insufferable protagonist is a plain, self-loathing girl with an incisive power of observation and the unfiltered honesty and (unreliable) self-awareness of very intelligent but unmotivated people. The character takes us in the second person singular through a fleeting and unremarkable love affair (that none-the-less changes everything). It is a very American story in that it takes an everyday subject, plain characters, and the quotidian of events that are unremarkable to the flat eye of the untrained observer and turns them into well-lit, textured pages filled with wisdom and insight about life and emotions, by focusing a mature writer's eye on the significance of these events, and taking them far by the sheer power of the voice and the writer's turn-of-phrases and turn-of-images. It reminds me of Carver's writing in "What we talk about when we talk about love", though I enjoy more Lepucki's deeper plunges of self-awareness than Carver's utter flatness and his characters' unmanned drift.
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.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen quirky 5. Mai 2014
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I read this in prep for a sex scene writing workshop. Loved the narrators honesty, deluded as it was, and her vulnerability. Great novella.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Little book (3x5) packed with power. 8. April 2014
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This is a surprisingly deep story. Beneath the modern self-conscious patter (which works incredibly well!) Lepucki reveals her character -partly through confessions that keep bubbling through, but more importantly through the scenes she shares with us, the subtext inside them.
It's a beautiful piece of work, and I look forward her new novel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen `Have you ever heard of Imagine Land?' 23. April 2014
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Los Angles native Edan Lepucki graduated from Oberlin College and the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is a staff writer at The Millions, (an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003) whose short fiction has been published in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Meridian, FiveChapters, McSweeney's and Narrative Magazine. She is the 2009 winner of the prestigious James D. Phelan Award. Her first novel, California, will be published by Little, Brown in July 2014. Why is it necessary to list facts? Because this young writer is making a significant impact and this novella IT YOU'RE NOT YET LIKE ME introduces a writer with keen comedic skills and a solid grasp of social commentary about current relationship peculiarities.

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. I imagined swinging form the punching bag of his uvula.' Consider that every page is punched with one-liners like that in addition to language use that is up there with the pros and you'll likely agree that here is a fresh very delightful new voice in contemporary literature. Grady Harp, April 14
5.0 von 5 Sternen A girl will bleed and then she will cry 22. September 2011
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This little romance creates the character of its narrator Joellyn (and the "you, baby" to whom she writes) from the inside out, giving the reader a feeling of unusual closeness with the narrator, almost as if we were truly inside her, which in a sense we are (nothing is too embarrassing for her to admit to us, putting the reader in a position of strained, almost painful voyeurism).

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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