Sweet Revenge

The Wicked Delights of Getting Even

By Gina Barreca

In Sweet Revenge, Gina Barreca explains why revenge is one of our most universal experiences–and why, no matter how slight or petty or naughty, it always tastes so sweet. You’ll meet the woman who drove her ex and his new wife into odor-madness by sewing scores of tiny shrimp into their curtains. You’ll cheer the airline employee who made sure an abusive passenger made his flight to Kansas City–and then directed his luggage to Tokyo. From killing them with kindness to going for the gut, Sweet Revenge is sure to teach some new tricks to even the truest revenge connoisseur.


“Witty, delightful….In Gina’s hands, revenge is sweet.” —The Chicago Tribune

“It’s scary how well Barreca understands the human condition, and how wisely this funny woman writes.” —Robert Sullivan, Life Magazine

“Takes readers on a tour through the mine-laden landscape of revenge ….Barreca writes with intelligence and wit.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Expect to be amused and enlightened.” —Dallas Morning News

“Barreca constructs a highly entertaining and loopy pathology of revenge.” —The Hartford Courant

Sweet Revenge

Publication Information

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 1, 1997
ISBN: 978-0425157664