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Mrs. Somebody Somebody: Fiction Paperback – June 8, 2010
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A collection can sometimes be very disjointed; not so here. Tracy Winn , while delivering individual stories, weaves them together with the magic thread of her words. Early decisions create later consequences and complications for most everyone.
There are several stories that stood out for me "Smoke" and the final one "Luck Be a Lady" I am eager to have some of my book buddies read this collection of stories. There is a lot to discuss here. In particular, I need to know who is putting Barbie doll shoes all around Kaylene's car and why. I hope I have your interest now. I know you won't be sorry to read "Mrs. Somebody Somebody."
The concept is interesting to me since it takes place in Lowell, Massachusetts, and involves people working in those mills. One of my mother's cousins was one of those workers who were definitely exploited, who had no union to help right wrongs. And that is what this is about, a young woman who wants to be a "somebody," a "Mrs. Somebody," since that is the role women often felt was their only choice, especially when they were working in such bad conditions. They wanted a man to rescue them.
The novel is about the advent of labor unions and the bad working conditions.
But be aware, this book drags. However, it is less than 200 pages. You might want to order a used copy!
Through her talent of story-telling, I felt I knew who these people were, especially of those depicted in the first story within the mills. Having had grand-aunts who worked the mills in Ipswich and hearing their stories about these times, Tracy Winn "nailed it" because she made me believe I was in that place & time. And that this could have been another story told to me by them.
Well done, I hope to see more writings from this author.
The stories in this book that captured my imagination about my upbringing were the ones that I connected with, the stories that forced me to confront some historical truths. In "Mrs. Somebody Somebody," two friends face a moment of clarity and friction in the arc of the story. Close friends Stella and Lucy work in a hosiery mill in 1947. Stella's single-minded quest is to find a husband. "I wanted that Mrs title like it was what I was born for--a want that settles into you when you are very young and grows as you grow." She was also a hard-boiled survivor who whitewashed the filthy, exploitative practices carried on by management and the owners. When Lucy, a southerner by birth, attempts to organize politically for the rights of the workers, the strength of her convictions force Stella to undergo a cruel self-reflection.
Many of the characters, like Stella, appear again in these loosely connected stories that build on each other, and eventually reveal a cauterizing portrait of some of Lowell's citizens.Read more ›
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Tracy Winn's writing is incredible. This is one of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time.Published on April 15, 2014 by Grace Arcand
I loved these stories of small town Lowell, Masachusetts covering different decades. My favorite instance of interweaving was when a baby in the first story (a minor character... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by weeklyreader
As someone who has visited Lowell, MA and taken historical tours, I came to this collection of short stories hoping that it would be true to Lowell. Mrs. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Irishman65
I decided to give something different a try and read some contemporary fiction; when the back cover touts a relationship to "literary fiction," my hopes start to climb unreasonably... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Elliot Knapp
A hundred pages in and I could no longer suffer through. This book is so boring and pointless I couldn't even finish it. I have never disliked a book as much as I dislike this one. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by UpForAnything
This is a series of short stories about the troubled factory town of Lowell, Mass. In pre-union days the worker was grossly misused. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by L. C Lipko
This is as good of a collection of short stories has I've ever come across. Probably 5 stars but I rarely give 5 stars to anyone. The way Ms. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by westmetro
I know when to admit I'm wrong. I put off reading this book for ages, dreading the drudgery of a collection of "chick lit" shorts. What kind of a title is Mrs. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by G