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Melissa Bank, author of ‘The Wonder Spot’, dies at 61

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Melissa Bank, the author best known for writing The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, died at age 61. According to a statement from Viking Penguin, she died on August 2, 2022, in East Hampton, New York, after a battle with lung cancer. The bank’s logbook, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing debuted in 1999 and was a New York Time bestseller for 16 weeks. It is a series of short stories linked by a common main character named Jane Rosenthal. It is generally understood that the book is at least somewhat autobiographical. “Jane and Banks [sic] are both born in Philadelphia and live in New York, they share a neurologist father who died of leukemia in his late 50s, a background in publishing, an older lover with a history of drunkenness and diabetes” , wrote Simon Hattenstone in a 1999 profile. of the Bank in the Guardian. At the time of its release, the book was often compared to Bridget Jones Diary, although “Bank’s is a much more subtle work, which achieves even more than it aims,” ​​said The New Yorker in his review.

Bank was regularly associated with being a “women’s” writer, which she grew to love and hate. “Women identify with Melissa Bank, whether she likes it or not,” began a 1999 profile of Bank in New York. Time. Later, when she published The wonderful place in 2005, she was talking about being lumped into the literary category of chick lit. “The problem with Chick Lit is that it has become more Chic than Lit,” Bank said in a Chicago Grandstand profile. “It’s demeaning to both readers and writers. It’s like saying that these are books written by girls, about girls and for girls, and that what happens to a single woman has no consequence for anyone but herself or other women… I can’t believe how offensive this is to women.

Bank added in the Grandstand profile, “I’m really happy that women read my writing. I don’t feel elitist about this. To say that I am not one of them, I feel like I am attacking myself and my readers. Bank split his time between New York and East Hampton. She was a faculty member at Stony Brook University Southampton’s 2022 writers’ conference with fellow author Matthew Klam, who first shared the news of Bank’s death on social media.