Published: June 26, 2012
Genre: Fiction/Short Stories
Source: TLC Book Tours
In Shout Her Lovely Name, Natalie Serber presents us with a short story collection focused on mother's and daughters. Many of the stories center on single mother Ruby and her daughter Nora, but there are others as well--a mother dealing with daughter's eating disorder, a young mother traveling across country to meet her much older husband's family, a mother fearing that she has lost her own identity while raising her two teenaged children.
I'm not normally a fan of short story collections. However, if more were like Shout Her Lovely Name, I could easily be converted! I liked that this book had a central theme--mothers and daughters--and then looked at it from different angles. Having a mother and being the mother to a daughter, this theme appealed to me.
Some may find it strange to have a series of stories based on the same characters (Ruby and Nora), with unrelated stories interspersed. I, however, really liked this. Perhaps it is because I prefer novels, but I really felt that it gave the collection a sense of continuity. I also enjoyed Serber's writing style--it was dryly humorous without being coy and intelligent without being overly academic.
All in all, I enjoyed this collection and would be interested in reading more of Serber's work (and, as she is a local writer in my neck of the woods, I am hoping to attend one of her events as well). If you enjoy short stories--or even if you don't--I recommend giving this book a try.
Need a second opinion? Check out some of the other stops on the tour for this book (links go to the blogs, not the individual reviews):
June 26 - Bibliophiliac
June 27 - She Treads Softly
June 28 - Book Him Danno!
July 2 - A Bookish Way of Life
July 3 - The Betty and Boo Chronicles
July 6 - The Feminist Texican [Reads]
July 10 - Kritters Ramblings
July 11 - A Novel Toybox
July 12 - Bookstack
July 16 - A Worn Path
July 10 - Lit*chick
This review is part of a blog tour by TLC Book Tours. I received a copy of the book to read and review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.
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