Books: Milked Maids

A comic novel's fresh take on the dating game

It's a tale as old as the boy-girl game itself. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall giddily, dizzily in love. Boy dumps girl to move on to new pastures. Girl mopes. And mopes. And mopes. This familiar variation on the mating dance proves fresh and hilarious in the hands of first-time novelist Laura Zigman, whose Animal Husbandry, a naughty vivisection of male dating rituals, should do for dumped girlfriends what Olivia Goldsmith's The First Wives Club and Fay Weldon's The Life and Loves of a She-Devil did for dumped wives: hearten, console, viciously amuse. It has already been optioned for...

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