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Don't Tell Me What to Do

by Dina Del Bucchia

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absurdist, literary, short stories (single author)
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list price: $17.95
edition:Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Sep 2017
ISBN:9781551527017
publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
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An offbeat story collection about strange, imperfect people doing strange, imperfect things.

In poet Dina Del Bucchia's debut story collection, an older woman becomes obsessed with the state of her lawn, a pet architect jeopardizes her relationship with her wife over a wild bird, a cement mixer helps a woman fulfill her dreams, a former model becomes a cult leader through social media, a teenaged girl is preoccupied with making shopping-haul videos, and a young woman goes on a crime spree thanks to a basement containing $35,000 in coins.

These funny and strange stories are populated by weirdos and misfits trying out new ways of being in the world; sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail, and sometimes they end up in a slapstick sex scene that culminates with broken furniture. Disarming and bittersweet, Donâ??t Tell Me What to Do isn't scared to tell the truth about those of us who are emotional, who care too much about things that might seem ridiculous, and who are beautifully, perfectly flawed.

About the Author

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three poetry collections, all published by Talonbooks: Coping with Emotions and Otters, Mi>Blind Items, and Rom Com, written with her Can't Lit podcast co-host Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetry is Dead magazine and the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series.

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Don't Tell Me What To Do is a collection of stories that inhabit the discomfort of our daily lives. The characters, caught between ennui and earnestness, barrel toward experience, toward the promise of love or, sometimes, the consequences of hate. In these stories, anything can change. The banal can become transcendent. A model can become a cult leader. Good sex can become cringingly bad. Dina Del Bucchia writes that fictional line that divides tragedy and comedy, a line that is always thinner and more permeable than we think, and that is also unrelentingly, achingly human. “Jen Sookfong Lee, author of The Conjoined

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