Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Review: Shout Her Lovely Name

I get quite a lot of chances to review books these days & because I'm a bookworm, I usually say yes. I have to admit, I haven't been really wowed by most of the books that come my way so far. Until I started reading Shout Her Lovely Name, that is. It's a collection of short stories, by first-time author Natalie Serber.

I'm generally a novel reader, but I do grab short story books once in a while. Lately, I've found the short story format really works for my life--I can read through one while nursing Sprout to sleep or while he eats his breakfast, or just before I fall asleep at night.

Serber's short stories are vivid & sharp, efficient like a shot of good whiskey. Her memorable characters move through the crisis & struggles that many women can relate to: miscarriage, unplanned pregnancy, difficult relationships with parents, eating disorders.

When I read Natalie's bio on her website, I could really relate to her story. She studied English in university but didn't get serious about writing until after she had children. Now, as her youngest child is nearly out of the house, her first collection of short stories is being published.

I recommend you check out this book in your local library or buy Shout Her Lovely Name on Amazon.

*I received an advance copy of this book to review & as an Amazon affiliate, I'll receive a small commission if you buy a copy via the links in my post here. The words & opinions in this review are mine alone.

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