Mondo Barbie: An Anthology of Fiction and Poetry 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.… Fiction Short Stories St. Martin's Press
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Mondo Barbie: An Anthology of Fiction and Poetry

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writers: Lucinda Ebersole, Richard Peabody; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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-

Originally posted Apr 30, 1993 Published in issue #168 Apr 30, 1993 Order article reprints