Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Review: "Shout Her Lovely Name"

Shout Her Lovely Name Natalie Serber
Published: June 26, 2012
ISBN-10: 0547634528
Genre: Fiction/Short Stories
Source: TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended

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 28 - Book Him Danno!
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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1 comment:

  1. I don't generally read short stories either but it is collections like this that make me realize that I am really missing out!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.