Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber

This review was based on an electronic advanced reader copy from NetGalley.

This book is written in a very different style than most structurally, but the content is such that I was immediately pulled in to reading the book in less than 24 hours. Each chapter stands on its own as kind of a short story about some mother and daughter, and their relationship. Now, the mother or the daughter may not even be one of the main players in that chapter, but the author has crafted these stories in such a way, that there is no mistaking what the stories are about. 

The first chapter opens with nameless characters, en media res. There is crisis in the family, concerning the daughter. The mother is feeling it most keenly, a whole array of emotions regarding her daughter are constantly assaulting here. I was captured by this first chapter, and I kept on reading. Despite a smattering of families that we don't know the names of, there are two recurring women that we get to know: Ruby and her child, Nora. By the end of this collection, you will know them, I assure you. They will be your mother, your sister, your cousin, your friends. Resist the urge to judge. Embrace them, and love them, because they are us.

Beautiful, creative writing. This isn't a novel, but you will want to push forward reading these interconnected stories.

4 stars

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