Heather Havrilesky on Jack Pendarvis's Your Body Is Changing
Your Body Is Changing
by Jack Pendarvis
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Jack Pendarvis’s second collection of stories, Your Body Is Changing, is populated by a preposterous assortment of oddballs and losers. Whether he’s describing an embittered failure with a superiority complex who rambles about the hamburger restaurant he wants to start, a self-proclaimed prophet traveling along an Alabama freeway with his nine goats, or an aging professor who grasps clumsily for hip lingo to impress the young folks, Pendarvis delights in exposing a range of chafingly self-involved blowhards and dithering freaks.
At times, this kaleidoscope of weirdos is a bit too arbitrary and cute to pull the reader into their foibles—whether it’s Puddin’, a mathematician-turned–park ranger who claims to have dated Prince, or Three, an aspiring private eye who’s depressed because his two bloodhounds
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