Harper Collins November 2018
Have you ever imagined a different life?
Have you ever stood at a crossroads undecided?
Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?
The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman who was Kept on the Shelf and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength, each realizes she holds the power to make a change.
Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.
From the moment I heard about this book it appealed to me and special thanks to Abbie at Harper Collins for sending me a copy, following my rather cheeky request! Containing thirty stories about women ( I think I initially thought these were by thirty different female authors, but they are all by Cecelia Ahern) the stories were amusing, insightful and often very literal.
The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared, for example details a woman who gradually fades away and is no longer seen or heard by others. In reality women do disappear as they get older, this is particularly noticeable in the entertainment industry where so much emphasis is placed on appearance and youth. This story takes that one step further so that the woman literally cannot be seen, becomes transparent, a shimmer. The treatment of course is about validation and empowerment, with the women required to demand to be seen, to not be overlooked, ignored and dismissed, to not accept the norm. Other stories were farcical but entertaining, The Woman Who was Pigeonholed, literally women in small shelf like boxes, placed there based on a dominant trait determined by others – ‘crazy’, ‘shy’, ‘fat’, ‘single mother’, the list goes on.
The stories each consider an issue and this is then illustrated to the extreme, which makes the read entertaining, despite the theme itself being serious and relevant. Different stories will resonate with different people and that is the joy of short stories, hopefully there will be plenty for everyone, and while I didn’t necessarily love every story, I enjoyed this book a lot and found the stories, funny but thought provoking, clever and insightful. The stories are for women and about women and feel very much, ‘of the moment’ and have a central theme of women finding their places, finding their voices and learning to roar. It’s a book I am definitely recommending. Have you read it yet? Will you?
Thank you so much to Harper Collins and Abbie for sending me this brilliant book – accompanied by a matching badge and T-Shirt.