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Karen Joy Fowler



Only man in club, Grigg, keeps coming out with statements with which the women disagree, but they show it with carefully nuanced disapproving silences, which he doesn't appear to notice.

Women are all narrated with separate internal monologues implying that they are carefully considering what they are saying on several levels, whereas Grigg just burbles shallowly on.

Grigg comes out (bitterly) with the cliche 'women don't want nice men' and author says to herself 'In fact, when you get to know these men better, lots of them weren't as nice as they believe themselves to be. There was no percentage in pointing this out.'

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