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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This collection of short stories is like no other. Very close to home (most of the time) dealing with family, quirky and eccentric family members, dinner parties, siblings, children - one can identify your own family in some of these stories! Stories of marriage, parenting skills or rather lack of them, women's roles in both marriage and society, this is a quirky book of short stories very difficult to put down.

Some of the stories are very, very short which adds to their interest rather than detracting from it. The stories show that Ms. Jackson is an absolute original and very clever at her craft. Keeping your interest firmly on the book and sad when it ended!

The book was sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Random.

PS - Although this post was done sometime back, the review is being posted only now. I have just returned from Melbourne - leaving the grand children was not easy and its getting harder every trip I take and return. What to do?  Coming back to Sri Lanka and my life here. Takes time to get settled in again.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

i've enjoyed this author in the past, so I'd like to try this.

Kathryn T said...

This sounds really good. Ah, it must be difficult to adjust after such family time and grand children are so precious.

JoAnn said...

Sounds good, and I love the cover!

bermudaonion said...

I really want to try Shirley Jackson and a short story collection just might be the way to do it.