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By Lauren Holmes | Comments: ( 247 ) | Date: ( Oct 14, 2019 )

A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master She tackles eros and intimacy with a deceptively light touch, a keen awareness of how their nervous systems tangle and sometimes short circuit, and a geniusA fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master She tackles eros and intimacy with a deceptively light touch, a keen awareness of how their nervous systems tangle and sometimes short circuit, and a genius for revealing our most vulnerable, spirited selves In Desert Hearts, a woman takes a job selling sex toys in San Francisco rather than embark on the law career she pursued only for the sake of her father In Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love, a woman realizes she much prefers the company of her pit bull and herself to the neurotic foreign fling who won t decamp from her apartment In How Am I Supposed to Talk to You a daughter hauls a suitcase of lingerie to Mexico for her flighty, estranged mother to resell there, wondering whether her personal mission to come out is worth the same effort And in Barbara the Slut, a young woman with an autistic brother, a Princeton acceptance letter, and a love of sex navigates her high school s toxic, slut shaming culture with open eyes With heart, sass, and pitch perfect characters, Barbara the Slut is a head turning debut from a writer with a limitless career before her.


  • Title: Barbara the Slut and Other People
  • Author: Lauren Holmes
  • ISBN: 9781594633782
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Lauren Holmes

Lauren Holmes grew up in upstate New York She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and a teaching fellow Her work has appeared in Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice, and in Guernica Holmes lives in New York s Hudson Valley.



Comments Barbara the Slut and Other People

  • Elyse

    What I like best about these short stories is that the author, Lauren Holmes, gives us a good personality profile of her characters, sets up the story situations, but never gives us the root cause for any person, place, or circumstances. Instead of reading the stories 'unfold' as we often do She leaves out the 'unfolding'. The result is thought-provoking.leaving purposeful-reader-interpretation. Starting with the title of the booke word 'Slut'opens up a door for conversation The word itself come [...]


  • Nat

    Barbara the Slut and Other People is a collection of eight short stories that tackle everything about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human AM I SUPPOSED TO TALK TO YOU?: 4/5 starsIn Mexico City customs, twenty-year-old Lala has fifty pairs of Victoria’s Secret underwear with tags on them in her suitcase. They were for her mom to sell to the teenagers in her town for a markup of three hundred percent.Lala said she would do it because she hadn’t visited her mom in [...]


  • Kate Koza

    "I was thinking I might want to study public health, but I was also thinking I might want to move to the forest and eat berries and mushrooms and hibernate with the bears in the winter."


  • Blair

    Important facts about this book:1. These are those kind of stories that are really scenes, slices of characters' lives. Don't expect them to have endings. (It's not just a stylistic quirk that the subtitle is 'And Other People' instead of 'And Other Stories'. These are sketches of individuals first and foremost.)2. This is mainly a book about sex and dogs. But not in a weird way.3. I was impressed with how real (almost) all of these characters felt to me, but something about the stories consiste [...]


  • Michelle Hart

    i guess at hunter's mfa program they don't teach how to write endings. whooooa okay, shots fired. but seriously, this book is SO sophomoric and simple to the point where I felt insulted after reading it. it is occasionally funny, but relies on ridiculously easy (and easily ridiculous) jokes. in order to blend in with her new lesbian friends, a woman decides she needs a rattail. seriously. aren't we beyond those jokes? her prose is clean as hell, which is great, but because the prose is so into t [...]


  • eb

    These short stories are fresh and conversational, funny and modern. I'm sure they were horribly hard to write, as all the best stuff is, but you can't tell, because Holmes isn't interested in showing off. In contrast to a piece of sh*t like Hausfrau, here's a book that's full of ideas and fraught situations but not of pretension or self-importance. The stories are about teenagers and people in their 20s; they're about sex, but they're also about how wonderful it is to have siblings, which I love [...]


  • Richard Denney

    Me during the first story:Me after the third story: This shit was a BOREFEST! The first story was alright but the second story was so boring and bland I was so scared to go on. I moved on to story 3 and it was just as boring if not more than story 2. With that title for a book, I was expecting something hilarious, dark, and deep. I didn't get any of those things. This was a waste of time. I would not recommend it AT ALL.


  • Jenna

    Totally enjoyed this at the sentence level, the slice-of-life-story level, and as a whole; maybe my favorite short stories this year, and I've read some good ones this year. 4.5 stars. Was initially taken in by this book's title and awesome cover, and the content lived up to the high expectations raised. Loved this collection and want more Lauren Holmes, stat! I could/would have whizzed through these stories in no time, but fortunately life sent some obstacles my way, and I'm glad this created a [...]


  • Jennifer

    Despite the salacious title, "Barbara the Slut" is not about sex. This book of 10 short stories is about the human condition -- relationships between siblings, parent/child relationships, life cross-roads, job stresses and more. Sure, sex plays a role -- to a varying degree -- in many of the stories, but it's not the central theme. Those hoping for pages of steamy love scenes will be disappointed. I loved Holmes's style and wondered why I don't read short stories more often, as it's a powerful g [...]


  • Simon

    Quirky collection of tales that see us dipping into people's lives at random, yet pivotal, moments of their lives. The characters are all wonderfully vivid flaws and all. The stories all standalone and bar two they all intrigued me, only two or three blew me away but she is one to watch and I'll be picking up whatever she writes next. (Would be a strong 3.5 if could rate it that!)


  • Nicola

    A fantastic wee collection focusing on, but not pandering to, twenty-something life. I loved the characters, the incidental nature of their troubles, the unapologetic approach to their flaws and uncertainties. Holmes does a great job of making the mundane engaging and putting the reader into the mindset of the character. Highly recommended.


  • Bella

    When I read the blurbs on the back of this book I got excited when words like "complex" "fearless" and "gorgeous" were used to describe Lauren Holmes' collection of short stories. Apparently, Lauren Holmes "writes like a master".Well, after finishing this book tonight, all I can say is, "Did I read the same book?"There was nothing special about the writing or about the stories. The characters and the plots came off as shallow to me. Maybe this was why it was 30% off at Barnes and Noble? At least [...]


  • smetchie

    It's weird because I loved the stories but I forgot them really quickly. I read it for bookclub so I had to go back over some of them looking for details a few weeks after finishing. I wound up getting sucked in and reading whole stories over again. Something about the writing is utterly captivating. Each story is an intimate (too intimate) glimpse into a different character. I didn't want to be in any of their heads but being there was hypnotic. This might be exactly what it feels like to wake [...]


  • Tyler Goodson

    Reading this was like being underwater and coming up for air in a world where you can read about real people and real sex and real relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends/spouses/parents/siblings/jerks/dogs. Not every single story killed me, but some killed me so dead--especially "Barbara the Slut" which should be required reading for everyone.


  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Each one dealt with the sort of thing that women and girls have to deal with on a daily basis and I liked the way that none of the stories had a neat story arc with a tied up ending. They were well written and kind of saucy too. Really recommended.


  • Gwendolyn

    I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Holmes writes with a particular type of acerbic humor that is difficult to pull off, but she does it over and over again. Here’s an example from the opening paragraph of “Desert Hearts,” one of my favorite stories in the collection: “When I moved to San Francisco with my fiancé, he started practicing law and I started selling toys. I was supposed to start practicing law too, but I didn’t have the heart. I almost didn’t even have the heart [...]


  • Chelsey

    I really enjoyed this. Smart and refreshing.


  • Cosima

    I had no preconceived notions about this book; I just knew that is was a collection of short stories and picked it out, so I had no expectations high or low. The stories are mostly centered around college students or recent college graduates, with a couple of exceptions. The theme seems to be that all of these characters are still figuring themselves out and pivotal moments in their young lives are shown. I found a few stories to be funny, some were so-so, and some were just dry, but overall it' [...]


  • Emily

    I would say I'm the core audience for this book. Single, a young woman, and a slut. Haha, just kidding about that last part - but I flew through this collection of short stories and laughed and cried all the way. Her writing is some what sparse and direct and what I've read of some reviews some people believes this makes it hard to connect with the characters. I disagree completely. All these characters felt super real to me. My favorite story hands down was the one about the girl working in the [...]


  • Matthew

    No. Absolutely not. Shallow and lazy. I hate to bad mouth a work so much. Congrats to the author. I am going to assume it is the 'humor' I don't get and that it causing the problem. Writing about sex is not enough to be daring. I felt like I was reading the journal of some MTV reality show lead. "He said, I said, I said, he said, she said, said said said."


  • Terri Jacobson

    This collection of 10 stories by Lauren Holmes was a lot of fun to read. Her stories display a frank female sexuality that is refreshing. Her sense of humor shines through. A positive reading experience.


  • Courtney Maum

    I loved this! I loved this, I loved this, I wanted to do nothing but read it while I was reading it.For others who enjoyed it, I'd also recommend "Single, Carefree, Mellow" for other stories narrated (primarily) by unpredictable, irreverent female voices.


  • Marie-Therese

    3.5A very good collection of warm, humane, engaging stories. Holmes has a great ear for dialogue and a knack for putting her mostly sympathetic characters in slightly absurd but someh0w always believable situations. Some of these stories are funny; most are a little bit sad. A couple swing a bit too wide, with empathy devolving into something close to sentimentalism, but even the lesser ones have their bright, well-defined moments. I sometimes wished the endings were less abrupt (a technique tha [...]


  • Nadine

    If you like the humor in the title, you'll love the book. All the stories were great, but I especially LOVED "My Humans", "Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love" (these two a must for dog lovers!), and "Desert Hearts".


  • David Johnson

    3.5Review to come.


  • Sarah

    1.5 rounded downI very rarely DNF books on my Kindle - something about paying for something intangible makes me feel like I have to finish it no matter what. But I very nearly DNF-ed this one. I actually picked this up after reading an article about Cat Person - that super talked about short story by Kristen Roupenian - where this was recommended as a comparable collection of stories. However I found this to be incredibly disappointing and not really comparable in any way. Actually most of my pr [...]


  • Brent

    OK, I know I'm not the target audience demographic for this book. Maybe that's why for the most part these stories just failed to engross me in so many ways. No introspection. No insight. No emotional involvement whatsoever. Yes, many of these stories are about various issues women must face: telling your estranged mother you're gay, how to tell a fling it's over, slut-shaming in High School, trying to fit in in High School, breaking up with a boy you're no longer interested in, working in a hea [...]


  • Lenna the Goober ball (The Grinch)

    Booooooooooo-ring!!!! That's basically how I felt the whole time reading this. The first story was decent, but the lack of an ending, basic disconnection from the characters, and general dislike of the whole shpeel of a "story," and I was NOT a happy camper! I pushed through all of them and I'm sad to say that towards the end, they all mushed together with the same boring female leads who need to be coddled and given everything on a silver platter because they don't have the balls to do anything [...]


  • Adrienne

    The most interesting part of this book is the title. I feel like Holmes wanted her overall meanings and themes to appear in contrast to her totally bland descriptions and so-realistic-it's-completely-inane dialogue, but then forgot to include any meanings or themes. Subject matter notwithstanding, this reads like a book for third graders. Am I missing something?


  • Paige Pitzer

    2.5 stars. I typically love short stories, but I was very underwhelmed with most of these. beautiful prose and likeable characters, but the endings had me scratching my head and I just didn't get much from the stunted storylines. I enjoyed My Humans and Barbara the Slut the most.


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