Hot Pink

Adam Levin follows up his sprawling debut novel, The Instructions, with a collection of compact gems. Hot Pink contains ten short stories that concern themselves with the uncanny and absurd mysteries of life. As Levin himself wittily confides: "There's a story about a legless girl who's in love with a girl who has both legs, a story about a doll that pukes, a story about some violent mimes, a story about a comedian with dementia, and then six or seven other stories about none of the above."

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