Read Lena Dunham's First Published Short Story

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Ahead of the official launch of her Lenny newsletter, Lena Dunham's first-ever published short story has appeared online.


Last year, Lena released her first book, ​Not That Kind of Girl​, and she's published essays in ​The New Yorker​, but that was all nonfiction. Titled "Six Sausages," the story follows a young woman welcoming her paramour to New York City during the summertime, then realizing that they might not have much of a future after all. It's part of ​Lenny​'s fiction issue, which also features an excerpt from Rebecca Dinerstein's novel and a story by Jenny Zhang. Here's a snippet: 

According to magazines almost no one stayed married, even if they met as grownups, and she knew enough to know she wasn't special. The pure unlikelihood of a future with him reduced her to tears — who else would turn her over and dutifully unhook her bra? — the same way she could make herself cry imagining a time when she wouldn't live at home any more, and she wondered whether he would call when he landed in Iowa and made his way back to his apartment. There was no way he would accept another plane ticket.​

And you thought ​Girls ​was too real. Read the full story here

From: Cosmopolitan

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