NEW YORK – Melissa Bank, whose 1999 bestseller The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing was a series of interconnected stories widely praised for their wit and precise language and embraced by young readers, has died at 61.
Viking Books announced that Bank died Tuesday in East Hampton, New York. He had lung cancer.
Bank was a Philadelphia native with a master’s degree from Cornell University whose influences ranged from Vladimir Nabokov to Grace Paley. It took him 12 years to finish “The Girl’s Guide,” partly because of a bicycle accident that damaged his short-term memory and ability to think in words. But her book, which follows the life of a young woman from adolescence to adulthood, was a critical and commercial success.
“Bank paints exquisite portraits of loneliness, and he can do it in one sentence,” wrote Newsweek’s Yahlin Chang.
Two stories from “The Girls’ Guide” were adapted into the 2007 romantic comedy “Suburban Girl,” starring Alec Baldwin and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Bank also wrote the comic story collection “The Wonder Spot,” charting a woman’s efforts to find her place in the world, and her writing has appeared in Plowshares and Zoetrope among other publications. He also taught in the MFA program at Stony Brook. Southampton.
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Bestselling author Melissa Bank dies at 61
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