In what follows, we will look at aspects like literary period and similar works, which will help you put “Popular Girls” by Karen Shepard in a broader perspective.
“Popular Girls” is a contemporary piece of fiction (published in 2001) which belongs to the literary movement we call Postmodernism. This literary movement emerged as a reaction to Modernism, and characterizes most literary works published after WWII and up to the present day.
Some of the features of Postmodernism that you can identify in “Popular Girls” are: the thematic choice, the first-person unreliable narrator, maximalism, and fragmentation.
Most postmodernist writings focus on aspects related to post-industrial society and contemporary issues. “Popular...