The Best of Dorothy Parker?
"Big Blonde" is the third short story I have read by Dorothy Parker (1893 to 1967- USA.) Prior to this I have read her "Arrangement in Black and White" and "A Telephone Call". I enjoyed both of these stories. Both of these stories are about what seem like silly women whose lives revolve a bit to much about men. Both are good smart stories. When I started "Big Blond" (Wikipedia says it is her best known short story-it won the O'Henry Award in 1929 for the best short story of the year) I was expecting more of the same. I was completely shocked and blown away by "Big Blond". It was almost like finding out everybody's favorite partying sorority girl who could drink all the guys under the table can write a story to scare the world sober.
Imagine Virginia Woolf showing up on a late night talk show to swap jokes with Charlie Sheen or Elizabeth Bowen with an advise column in Seventeen Magazine.
"Big Blonde" is about Hazel Moore. (Yes, Dorothy Parker was a brunette.) Here is how she is described: