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.”Newsweek critic Yahlin Chang wrote, “Bank draws exquisite portraits of loneliness, and she can do it in a sentence.” Others placed Bank in the school of restraint exemplified by Hemingway and Raymond Carver.