Giraffe & Flamingo Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Curtis Sittenfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels: Rodham, Eligible, Sisterland, American Wife, The Man of My Dreams, and Prep. Her short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It, was picked for Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Her short stories have also appeared in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Esquire. Sittenfeld was the guest editor for the 2020 Best American Short Stories anthology. Her books have been selected by the New York Times, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and People for their ten best books of the year lists; optioned for television and film; and translated into thirty languages. For more information, visit www.curtissittenfeld.com.
- Publication Date : September 15, 2020
- File Size : 4309 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (September 15, 2020)
- Print Length : 22 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08DXTSMXN
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,942 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For most of us, those undignified moments are either hidden away in dark recesses of our memory, or embellished and taken out in exaggerated form to entertain others. In this short story the narrator realizes, as she shares memories with her children , that these tidbits of random, sometimes unpleasant, "undignified", memories can encapsulate small lessons.
Part reminiscence, part conversation with her two young children, the narrator reflects on moments in her past, and in the process tries to sort out the motives behind how she feels in the present .
"They were the sort of things you carry around inside you not because you’ve chosen to but just because you haven’t forgotten them."
This story is simple, with little plot, but it is real, and relatable. It's well-written and keeps the reader engaged. It's a quick read, but I stopped several times thinking, "Hm, that's actually really true."
3.5 stars. Not profound or amazing but worth the 20 minutes or so it takes to read.
The story is heartfelt, warm and honest. It begins with the heroine sharing a story told by her mother that at first blush seems to have no relevance.
Emily is a successful musician and the mother of 2 children. She has chosen to share her quandary with them, telling them the entire truth, regardless of how it made herself look. Should she reach out to her tormentor in the midst of his crisis or ignore him preserving herself?
Responses of her children and Emily’s final reflections on the story told by her mother are tho’t provoking and sure to have you contemplating your own possible response📚
Read & Reviewed from a GoodReads GiveAway
I enjoyed this quick, short story. I found Emily’s interactions with Jack interesting and was glad to see she was able to stand up for herself (somewhat) in the end with him. I liked that the author left the ending open ended. Did Emily contact Jack, which would show off how perfect her life is or did she leave the past be in the past? It leaves the reader to think what they would do in her situation.
Thank you to Jessica at Amazon Publishing for reaching out to me with an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this short story because I could relate to the main character. I share with Emily a similar affinity for telling my children anecdotal stories and hope, while they may not understand it at the time, a greater understanding will come in the future and with maturity. I felt sad for Emily as she shared the bathroom incidents as she was clearly bullied and this had a lasting effect on her. I enjoyed how Emily stood up for herself, however small, during her last interaction with him. I liked how the author left Emily’s decision unmade as I believe it causes the reader to contemplate what they might do themselves. It caused me to reflect and ask: is it better to take the high road or to gloat? Overall, this was a good short story and I would recommend it to others.
Thank you to Amazon Publishing for the ARC of Giraffe and Flamingo by Curtis Sittenfeld. All opinions and thoughts written in this review are my own.
In Emily's story, she was the victim of being bullied and recounts a story to her two children. She shares anecdotal stories with them in the hopes that when they are older. and presumably a little more mature, they will recognize the importance of her recollections.
Memory is indeed a powerful part of the human brain. Truly amazing how much retention a human has in their brain which may be recalled by a certain name or even a particular sense ...such as a smell or the sight of a familiar object.
Resurfaced, rekindled and passed along to the younger generation,,,.,. Time for forgiveness on Emily's part??
Most highly recommended.
Please note that I borrowed this with my KU subscription.,