Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories

Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories Review

From the first story of Elizabeth McKenzie's beguiling debut collection, we are drawn into the offbeat worldview of sharp-eyed, intrepid Ann Ransom. "Stop That Girl" chronicles Ann's colorful coming-of-age travails, from her childhood in a disjointed family through her tender adolescence and beyond.

In the captivating title story, our eight-year-old heroine is sent by her pregnant mother on a whirlwind jaunt to Europe with her iconoclast grandmother—known even to her family as Dr. Frost—and comes home to find her family completely reconfigured. In "SOS," Dr. Frost returns to haunt Ann in college, her visit colliding with a famous poet's appearance on campus. "We Know Where We Are, But Not Why" is set during a summer at the Grand Canyon and contrasts Ann's angst-ridden yearning for a philosophical schoolmate back home to her mother's happier pursuits of a lively Australian activist.

Along the way, Ann discovers the absurdities that lurk around every corner of a young woman's life, by way of oafish neighbors, overzealous boyfriends, prurient vegetable salesmen, and sour landlords.

In these keenly funny, highly original stories, Ann and the people around her are forced to reassess their complex relationships and, along the way, find happiness on the brink of calamity. "Stop That Girl" is a brilliant examination of the exigencies of love and the fragile fabric of family, and heralds the emergence of a remarkable new voice in fiction.

Title:Stop That Girl: A Novel in Stories
Edition Language:English

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  • Shawn Mooney

    My love for McKenzie's The Portable Veblen bordered on the obsessive, so I was excited and nervous to try this, her first novel (in stories). What a delight it was, too! Brash, spunky Ann captured my ...

  • Paul Andrew

    You have to read this book!! It's magicJust to add to that comment... Reading from a Creative Writer's point of view. What strikes me most about it is the dazzling writing... you don't get any better ...

  • Deborah

    A collection of 9 vignettes make up Stop That Girl: A Life in Stories. I loved Ann from the very beginning, and her dysfunctional family. Each vignette is a story from Ann's life. It's written chronol...

  • Pilar

    I thought this book was great I didn't understand at first because they skip a few things but if you reread what you read then you will understand. I will recommend this book to someone that likes mos...

  • Sophie Brookover

    A GSTBA would-be nominee. Compulsively readable, with a truly winning, messed-up heroine. A small gem....

  • Cheryl

    This book was very engaging. Though it is a work of fiction, it reads like a memoir and is just crazy enough to be believable....

  • Govnyo

    The life of a girl from a dysfunctional family. Not funny.The plot is fairly simple - the narrator's mother is constantly moving houses, she also dislikes her mother (the narrator's grandmother). The ...

  • Barbara Bryan

    I don't care for short stories but I was really enjoying this book. Each chapter is a vignette, an event in the life of Ann as she grows up with her mentally fragile mom, stepdad, little sister and he...

  • Jenni

    The whole story felt unresolved and anti-climactic. It bordered on boring. I felt like I should like it due to the pages of "great reviews" prior to the first chapter, but that didn't even sway my opi...

  • Venessa

    Connecting stories, with Ann Ransom as our unceasingly funny heroine in one oddball caper to the next, starting with a boring trip to Europe with her grandmother, called Dr. Frost by everyone in her f...