When her elder brother brings his first serious girlfriend home, Jane becomes a sometimes invisible but unblinking observer. Watching the love affair evolve, Jane struggles to understand what goes on between lovers, and how relationships work and fail to work. Then, in adulthood, Jane has her own pushand-pull relationships, and the lessons in love are just as bewildering: the disastrous trip which teaches her about fidelity, the older man whose demands are exacting, and the younger guy who always calls her honey but never uses her real name. In the book's hilarious climax, after misguidedly following the advice from a staggeringly earnest manual called How to Meet and Marry Mr. Right, Jane finally learns that in love there is neither pattern nor promise and there are never rules.
Melissa Bank's fiction is the spirited marriage of Helen Fielding and Lorrie Moore; her voice is fresh and witty, her characters true and honest. The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing is a clever, funny, moving and sparkling portrait of Jane, a woman manoeuvring her way through love, sex and relationships, and learning when to fish... and when to cut bait.