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Book review

‘Don’t Kiss Me’ by Lindsay Hunter

The title of Lindsay Hunter’s new collection, “Don’t Kiss Me,” is a warning, within it an implicit question: Why not?

By the time the reader has finished the first few stories, she will have figured out at least a couple reasons. For starters, Hunter’s characters are often throwing up, or being thrown up upon — vomit crops up more than a dozen times in 175 pages. She is particularly fond of the word “barf” — as in, “Del barfed up his hot dog ”— but sometimes it’s “upchuck” (“I went into the little girls’ and upchucked the egg my momma fried me that morning”) or “sick” (“Some of us are sick into the bucket”).

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