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March 2004
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
by ZZ Packer

Before she had turned 30 or even published a full-length book, ZZ Packer was being hailed as “one to watch”—one of the best young writers to appear in the last decade or so—on the strength of stories published in Seventeen, The New Yorker (which gave Packer an official “launch”), and various anthologies. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is that much-anticipated first collection, and its stories of people trying to find their places in the world bear out the talent behind the hype. Observant and insightful, they follow the adventures (and often misadventures) of mostly young characters, male and female, as they struggle to define themselves, rebel against others’ expectations, and begin to discover just how complicated issues of race, gender, sex, and family can be.

Card catalog entry from the Library of Congress

Blurbs from the book cover

Reading group guide from the publisher, Penguin Putnam information page

Barnes and Noble information page

ZZ Packer

Interview by Robert Birnbaum, from Identity Theory

Writer ZZ Packer not lulled by critical acclaim—a profile from the Bryan-College Station Eagle, May 29, 2003

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