I’ve started this new thing where I write up the review of books I did not enjoy (not the great reviews I promised in the last post, they should come up soon), but not share them on twitter like I do my others. It seemed a little harsh to # and draw attention to why something did not work for me. I do not know how long this idea will last, but, for now, I am trying it out since there have been quite a few books that I actually finished that I did not enjoy.
I read the book in its entirety, and that is something I want to reveal upfront before I talk about the content and why it did not work for me. I was tempted to let it go, but individually, the women and the families mentioned here were captivating, and I wanted to give it a fair shot.
My main problem was that I was confused. I did not know where the story was going and why.
The blurb does not lie when it talks of women and mothers and the choices that they make. Each woman introduced here has her own troubles, some of their own making and others gifted to them in the form of the time they live in and/or the men in their life. There was one mother, and her decision that I felt was disjointed from the rest, even if the experience was harrowing.
The author’s writing was evocative and made the harrowing experiences of the women feel genuine(not that that is a completely good thing, but as literary fiction- it is a plus). This is probably the only reason I read it all the way to the end. I do not even want to go into the specifics of why the back and forth in, but not to the same times did not endear it to me, but it will not help.
This is not a simple collection of women, and each of their decisions has some far-reaching consequences. It is not a happy book and not one for me, but I would still recommend it to others who find the blurb or even my review to their taste.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.