5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Recommended for all,
This review is from: No Kidding (Paperback)
One of the first rules in fiction writing is to create a sympathetic character, one with whom readers can identify. It may be for this reason that so few novelists have tried to create interesting, empathetic childfree women characters, thinking that the majority of readers cannot relate to such a character. However, in the novel, No Kidding by Wendy Tokunaga, not only do we have a sympathetic childfree character with whom it is easy to relate, but an interesting, intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, caring female protagonist.
In the tradition of the best fiction, there are several crises, and each one creates more pressure and problems for Audrey until she has resolved them all in due course of the novel. Using emails, old postal letters, shower invitations and the like are a unique way of moving the story along too. And yes, the story has a happy ending . . . just not an expected one, or a traditional one.
All in all, one of the best novels I've read in some time. I don't know why there aren't more such positive, empathetic childfree characters in fiction. . . but I do think there will be in the future as authors begin to show others that the childfree are not stereotypical shrews or selfish, self-centered, uncaring people. No Kidding is a good example in that direction, and I highly recommend it, whether you are childfree or not.