The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

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For the 2008 film, see Suburban Girl.
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
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Author Melissa Bank
Country United States
Language English
Genre "Chick Lit" short story collection
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date
May 1, 2000
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 288 pp
ISBN 0-670-88300-X
OCLC 40159073
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3552.A487 G57 1999

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing is a 1999 collection of linked short stories by Melissa Bank. The stories follow the main character Jane Rosenal, starting with her life at age 14.

The Girls' Guide to Hunting And Fishing spent 16 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. It was a bestseller in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Bank writes like John Cheever, but funnier."[1] Newsweek critic Yahlin Chang wrote, "Bank draws exquisite portraits of loneliness, and she can do it in a sentence."[2] Others placed Bank in the school of restraint exemplified by Hemingway and Raymond Carver.[citation needed]


  • "Advanced Beginners"
  • "The Floating House"
  • "My Old Man"
  • "The Best Possible Light"
  • "The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine"
  • "You Could Be Anyone"
  • "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing"


Two films are based on part or all of this work:


  1. ^ "The Best Books of 1999: The Best Fiction of 1999", Los Angeles Times (Dec. 5, 1999).
  2. ^ Chang, Yahlin. "A Hot Young Writer You Can Bank On", Newsweek (May 31, 1999).