Frequently when I go to the bookstore, I'll pick up a book about the young adult female experience, hoping to get some insight into my failed relationships and aborted prospective ones. I already know that my own brain causes most of my issues. But there's always that voice in the back of my mind when I see some books that maybe just might help me out. So I buy them.
So it was with The Dictionary of Failed Relationships which I figured I had to learn something. It's a collection of 26 stories (one for each letter of the alphabet) reflecting on a failed relationship. Most are fiction. Unfortunately, few of them were entertaining, and only one of them was interesting. Most detailed issues with typical assholes or random driftings apart. Only the one really showed any kind of knowing introspection (
Berniced). In that case the character didn't understand, but the author showed the character to be a shallow person through the story. Most of the stories suffered from trying to be too arty. People, stop listening to your college English professors. It doesn't make for interesting fiction.