American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
3 words: sharp, modern, clever
Sometimes books actually live up to the hype. American Housewife: it can handle the hype.
Once I started listening to this audiobook, I was sold.
These stories are smart and sharp and pointed and surprising. They’re snarky and sometimes grim and sometimes hilarious and always rewarding.
The tone varies among stories, which is another thing I really like in a story collection because it shows the author’s range and keeps me wondering what’ll be next.
And Ellis seriously makes you wonder, because she’ll go from a wicked neighborly feud via email to vaguely dystopian tale of a writer hired (and forced) by Tampax to write a novel. And then there’ll be an increasingly creepy story of a woman who lives in a high-rise building, and a tale about book club initiation rites, and a really great one about an author on a reality TV show.
Given its title, I expected these stories to focus on marriage, but they really focus on the wife. In many of the stories, she stands alone.
And that’s just fine, because the women in these stories are fascinating all on their own.
For a quick dose of something bracing and thoroughly enjoyable, oh I sure hope you’ll read this book.
(And then stop back by, so we can gossip about it. I’m aching to discuss it with someone.)
Give this book a whirl if you like… a quick and rewarding read, clever use of words, a fair amount of snark, creative stories, the occasional dark twist, variety in tone among stories
My fellow readers… what book are you aching to discuss with someone?