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by Binnie Kirshenbaum

  • ISBN: 0880641568
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Binnie Kirshenbaum
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fromm Intl (April 1, 1994)
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Binnie Kirshenbaum's first novel, "On Mermaid Avenue" (1993) reads like the script for a female buddy movie featuring two birds of a feather for whom too much is rarely enough

Binnie Kirshenbaum's first novel, "On Mermaid Avenue" (1993) reads like the script for a female buddy movie featuring two birds of a feather for whom too much is rarely enough. We first meet Kirshenbaum's buddies, Monarose and Edie, the mermaids of the tale, in their coed years at a New York City university. Very early on in their friendship, Monarose, the more sexually accomplished of the two, uses a banana from the corner fruit stand to demonstrate to Edie how to give head, the sine qua non of all good sex.

Binnie Kirshenbaum has hit her considerable stride in Rabbits for Food. Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of the story collection History on a Personal Note and six novels, including On Mermaid Avenue, Hester Among the Ruins, An Almost Perfect Moment, and The Scenic Route. This novel is compulsive reading; it's wonderfully paced, explosively funny and witty, and very, very wise about many grave things-but mostly about merely being human. Her novels have been chosen as Notable Books of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, NPR, TIME, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Kirshenbaum published her first book of ten short stories, Married Life and Other True Adventures, in 1990. In 1992, Kirshenbaum published her first novel, On Mermaid Avenue, named for the address of Coney Island's Cyclone rollercoaster.

On Mermaid Avenue book. Her work is noted for its humorous and ribald prose, which often disguises themes of human loneliness and the yearning for connection. Her heroines are usually urban, very smart, and chastened by lifetimes of unwelcome surprises.

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Two young women meet in college, pal around in . C, and sleep with a lot of guys-in this very slight, fey, sentimental imitation of Tama Janowitz and/or Anita Loos: a first adult novel by the author of Short Subject (a 1989 YA book) and the story collection Married Life and Other True Adventures (1990). Edie's the crazy girl and Mona's the sensible one when they first meet after a Humanities lecture their senior year

Binnie Kirshenbaum was born in Yonkers in 1964. Her childhood was spent in affluent Westchester County where her father worked as a lawyer and her mother was a high school teacher. She has two brothers, one older and one younger. Kirshenbaum followed "On Mermaid Avenue" with another short story collection in 1990. Some of these stories are interconnected, but all of the characters struggle with love, loss, and the historical ramifications of their lives.

1992) A novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum. Used availability for Binnie Kirshenbaum's On Mermaid Avenue. October 1992 : USA Hardback. April 1994 : USA Paperback.

Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of An Almost Perfect Moment, On Mermaid Avenue, A Disturbance in One Place, Pure Poetry, Hester Among the Ruins, and History on a Personal Note. She is a professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts, where she is chair of the Graduate Writing Program. Библиографические данные.

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Reviews about On Mermaid Avenue (5):
Alsalar
Binnie Kirshenbaum's first novel features two intentionally outrageous young women making the most of being single in New York -- until one decides to get married.

The narrator, conventional Mona Rose, or Monarose as her new friend Edie dubs her, embraces Edie's eccentricity with the fervor of the redeemed and the pair stage odd elaborate escapades involving men and clothes and the vast stage set of New York City. Image is reality and their attachment to each other and the moment supercedes all. But then Edie announces her betrayal and the friendship is in jeopardy.

Kirshenbaum's writing is brash and breezy. Her characters balance on the line between enviable chic and manic desperation. But the search for identity and one's place in the world is ultimately serious business. Kishenbaum's exploration of the nuances and failures of friendship gives the rollicking humor of her story a satisfying poignancy.
BlackHaze
Binnie Kirshenbaum's first novel, "On Mermaid Avenue" (1993) reads like the script for a female buddy movie featuring two birds of a feather for whom too much is rarely enough. We first meet Kirshenbaum's buddies, Monarose and Edie, the mermaids of the tale, in their coed years at a New York City university. Very early on in their friendship, Monarose, the more sexually accomplished of the two, uses a banana from the corner fruit stand to demonstrate to Edie how to give head, the sine qua non of all good sex. Discouraged by the teeth marks she left on the banana, Edie wants to know "Does this mean I'm not a sex kitten?" "Oh, Edie," Monarose reassures her, "It's taken me three weeks and four boys to master that. You're too impatient."

From the first, the mermaids agree that if they don't want "to have sex with a boy before the end of the first date, there wouldn't be a second. What would be the purpose?" If Riker's Island put out a call for conjugal visit volunteers, you could expect Monarose and Edie to be on the first boat. This not to say that the two are always hoping into bed. That's the plan. But getting the men they select for their trysts where they want them when they want them takes doing. A lot of doing in some cases.

As implausible as the characters are, as oblivious to the Aids epidemic and the need to pay the landlady or their credit card bills, Kirshenbaum manages to do more than simply make fun of the mermaids and the situations they create. If Monarose and Edie are not real, they are nevertheless capable of self-doubt, distress when one exigency or another threatens their friendship, and not entirely unaware of the implications of their carefree existence. In fact, to Monarose's distress, Edie even contemplates the unthinkable: marriage, children, a home in the `burbs.

"On Mermaid Avenue" is a short book (166 pages), an easy to read sendup of the free sex generation, a book which, in tone if nothing else, brings the happy-go-nudie wackiness of "The Immoral Mr. Teas"-- the 1959 Russ Myer's movie -- to mind.

Endnote. See my other reviews for a take on Kirshenbaum's 1994 book, "A Disturbance in One Place: A Novel". Coming up, as I read on in her work, a review of "History on a Personal Note", her 1995 collection of stories.
Tetaian
i have read this book 5 times at the very least. it's full of humor, love, sex, and friendship viewed in a different light. it's joyous to read about 2 friends who trample through both men and jobs without a care. Edie does all the things you've wanted to do but lacked the courage or insanity to carry out. it's a must read for any brokenhearted woman!
Granirad
if you have a friend and you read this book and you still have a freind and she reads this book and you are still friends and it is five years later read the book again and remember why you are friends.
Ffan
This book is amazing. Though quite flamboyant and seemingly "carefree" it gives SUCH careful consideration to relationships of all sorts...and especially relationships between women. Though it made me a little sad, it painted a perfect picture of a friendship progressing through all high and low points. I don't want to give anything away, so I will simply say, "IT MUST BE READ!", by men and women alike. Everyone has something to gain from this book. Binnie Kirshenbaum is a genius.

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