- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; First Printing edition (January 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631492187
- ISBN-13: 978-1631492181
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is not my life, or it is not the life I’m supposed to be living, and so I can pretend that it is. I don’t consider the actuality of my situation, which is that every day I live this life it becomes more and more mine, the real one, and the one I’m supposed to be living falls further away; eventually it will be gone forever."
Most of the women in these stories have a defeatist quality about them; life has sort of left them behind. There is a sense of inertia hanging over everything and they can’t seem to take control of their lives. I wanted to shake them many times…but, we’ve all had defeatist moments in our own lives and those moments are the reader’s lifeline to relating to certain aspects of these characters’ lives, if not the overall wholes. There is a sameness to many of the stories and so they ran together in my head a bit, but reading a story a day or so helped, and my two favorites (Little Bear and First Class) came towards the end of the collection. Pick this collection up if you’re a fan of dark, dry humor and gorgeous writing.
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But, they are all basically the same story of women, which for whatever reason, keeping make the same mistake, and then wonder why nothing changes.
I suggest taking the stories in one at a time, with breaks between each to let your memory fade between each.