Wednesday, January 20, 2016

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

In this short story collection, Ellis delves into the lives of many different women with a dark, satiric air. My favorite two stories are "The Wainscoting War" where two women duel by e-mail about how to decorate the common area outside their apartments, and "The Fitter" where the main character waxes ecstatic about her husband's talents finding the perfect bra fit for his clients.  Before I started reading the collection, I had high expectations because I had read Ellis' novel Eating the Cheshire Cat that she wrote many years ago and because this book was named a LibraryReads pick.  However, I found most of the other stories in this small volume to be repetitive and slight.

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