Margot Mifflin
March 06, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Some Sexual Success Stories

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Diane Williams
publisher
Grove Weidenfeld
genre
Fiction, Short Stories

We gave it a B+

A practitioner of a new genre of short-short-story writing called ”sudden fiction,” Diane Williams conducts mental calisthenics for readers with MTV attention spans. Some Sexual Success Stories, her second surrealistic collection, features a man who invents an ultrapleasure machine, a child whose doctor shoots him in the eye with novocaine, and a woman who keeps her son’s last baby tooth glued to the frame of her mirror. Williams tantalizes by withholding or upending information, and her disjunctive yarns can be pointlessly elliptical or immensely satisfying. Though her writing is sometimes mannered, it’s usually inventive. B+

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