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By Alix Strauss

ISBN-10: 0061993573

ISBN-13: 9780061993572

“Like a beautifully-wrapped present field, choked with unforeseen pleasures. Alix Strauss proves herself to be an astute and deeply feeling observer of human nature.”
—Dani Shapiro, writer of Black & White

A attractive, clever, and witty moment novel from popular pattern journalist Alix Strauss, Based Upon Availability chisels away on the exteriors of 8 clever and interesting girls whereas delving deep inside of to work out what they’re actually made up of. Following her Ingram Award-winning The pleasure of Funerals—named top Debut Novel by means of The long island ResidentBased Upon Availability is women’s literary fiction at its finest.

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I say, head tilted to one side, an innocent expression on my face. ” I reach for a salmon tea sandwich and a raspberry scone. My mother turns to Cosmo and Martini. “Who would have thought,” she beams. My mother extends her hand from across the table, rests it on mine. This time I stay still, remind myself not to pull away. “At thirty-two, she’s the youngest divisions manager the hotel has ever had. ” “Not too shabby,” Martini adds. The women nod, their recently Botoxed eyebrows not arching, their collagen lips full and pressed into closed smiles.

Having late lunch? High noon tea? Spa treatment? I need to leave, now. I’m about to close the door when something shiny catches my eye. I bend down closer and uncover a weird-looking leather-and-metal contraption that rests on the floor. It looks like the kind of collapsible brace you’d give a person suffering from sclerosis. I pull it out, lift it up. It’s solid and feels as though it weighs about a pound. There are two padded, long bars, each about an inch in width and a foot in length that are held together by three sets of black leather straps piped in white stitching.

I lift an eyebrow. ” She rolls her eyes. I imagine Dale and I having a similar conversation. Maybe she’d be married by now. Her husband a TV director or a doctor, like my father, might have made a weight comment and she’d have come here, worked out at the gym after her desk job as a book editor, and I would have told her, “You’re not fat,” like I do now with Trish. “I feel fat,” she says, sighing. I nod understandingly. We talk about the gallery, artists, her friend Olive, the party she’s throwing for her.

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