Low Concept

Chicken Lit

The latest addition to the canon takes the concept to a new level.

The “chick lit” genre, as it is informally known, took off sometime in the mid-1990s, spurred by the success of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Melissa Bank’s The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing. Today, chick lit books are a dime a dozen: DidYou Get the Vibe? and Pushing 30 are out this fall, and several publishing houses have imprints—including Red Dress Ink and Strapless—solely dedicated to the project of finding and publishing fiction about lonely girls in the city (who tend to work in publishing). In this slide show, Sloane Tanen, a painter in New York City, offers this year’s model, a very winning chick indeed.

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