Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Bank

(hb; 1999)

Review:

This (mostly) well-written book focuses on "Jane," whose first-person narrative traces her love life from childhood to her early thirties. The tone of the book is warm, intimate, and full of details that enrich and make up our lives; however, Bank's propensity for neurotic Woody Allen-style humor turned me off. It's a fast read -- a saving grace -- but in no way memorable. If you like Woody Allen's humor, check it out.

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The resulting theatrical film, Suburban Girl, got wide release stateside on October 31, 2007. Marc Klein scripted and directed the film, based on two stories from Bank's book, namely "My Old Man" and "The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine".

Sarah Michelle Gellar played Brett Eisenberg. Alec Baldwin played Archie Knox. Maggie Grace played Chloe.

James Naughton played Robert Eisenberg. Jill Eikenberry played Marlene Eisenberg. Peter Scolari played Mickey Lamm.

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