Margot Mifflin
April 30, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mondo Barbie: An Anthology of Fiction and Poetry

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lucinda Ebersole, Richard Peabody
publisher
St. Martin's Press
genre
Fiction, Short Stories

We gave it an A-

One of childhood’s more sobering initiations comes with the discovery that Barbie’s head pops off, she’ll never wear flats, and her boyfriend is a eunuch. A collection of poems and stories, Mondo Barbie dramatizes the lasting impression this Lilliputian bombshell has made on post-boom generations. In A.M. Homes’ sidesplitting ”A Real Doll,” a boy lusts after his sister’s fully animated Barbie; John Varley’s ”The Barbie Murders” features a futuristic colony of ghoulish Barbie look-alikes; Rebecca Brown outs Barbie; and Gregg Shapiro dresses like her. Considering its plastic catalyst, this is an imaginative and curiously touching anthology. A-

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