One Pill Makes You Smaller

A Novel

Lisa Dierbeck

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Eleven-year-old Alice Duncan has a problem: her body is, literally, growing up too fast. Gawky, innocent, and tongue-tied, Alice is taller than her teachers, with long, long legs and a voluptuous chest she refers to it as "The Breasts."

One Pill Makes You Smaller brings to life the surreal experience of being a girl--stuck in a woman’s body. Dierbeck shoots down the rabbit hole of 1970s misbehavior, combining her modern tale with the fantastic universe of Alice in Wonderland, set in the black-lit, drug-infested art world of Andy Warhol's Manhattan. When Alice is shipped off to a freethinking art camp in North Carolina, she encounters J.D., a sweet-talking adult man who engages her in a dangerous flirtation. This deliciously pop, self-assured debut is an inspired paean to lost innocence.

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Praise for One Pill Makes You Smaller

"Bracing...the dark heart at the center of the book is just right. It leaves a lasting impression."--The New York Times Book Review

"A tour de force, a meshing of the myths of the counterculture with the fantastic universe of Lewis Carroll... Genuinely original, compulsively readable."--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Riveting."--O Magazine

"A lavish, unnerving portrait."--Time Out New York

"Marks an important literary debut."--The Boston Phoenix

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Lisa Dierbeck

Lisa Diebeck lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is a contributor to Barron's and The New York Times Book Review. One Pill Makes You Smaller is her debut novel.

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One Pill Makes You Smaller
A Novel
Lisa Dierbeck

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
September 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422868
ISBN10: 0312422865
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923583
ISBN10: 142992358X
320 pages
$7.99
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