#24 – Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer

Another short story collection. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere contains some of the best short stories I’ve read, and one of my all-time favorites, “Brownies,” which has an epic first line:

“By our second day at Camp Crescendo, the girls in my Brownie troop had decided to kick the asses of each and every girl in Brownie Troop 909.”

ZZ Packer is one of the New Yorker’s anointed “20 under 40.” I don’t know what those awards really mean for a writer. Even if she never writes another word, though, as far as I can tell, she deserves it.

Bonus: UK book cover! Because the US book cover is boring.

 

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2 Responses to #24 – Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer

  1. Andrew says:

    This is one of those lucky finds I pulled off the dollar shelf without ever reading a positive review or hearing a single thing about her. I found the book funny, poetic, and poignant.

  2. Laura says:

    I love the title. That alone would be enough to make me open it.

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