Rosie’s #BookReview of Short Story Collection THINGS YOUR HUSBAND TOLD ME by Michelle Keill #TuesdayBookBlog

Things Your Husband Told MeThings Your Husband Told Me by Michelle Keill

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I chose to read this book after reading The Four Women a couple of years ago. Things Your Husband Told Me contains five short stories about relationships. Each has a female narrator and the author used minimal descriptions of the settings, just enough for me to form pictures in my mind without them drawing attention away from the main plot.

In the first story, Rearview Mirror, a women is running away; she’s reckless and carefree, but this is a façade. Each person that she meets on her journey is important, and just how important is revealed at the end.

Next, Maggie meets Joe in The Chemistry Section. She’s very open about her belief that he’s being dishonest to his wife when he asks her out for a drink. Their friendship continues but Maggie always tries to push Joe away, testing his patience until it becomes clear that she believes that she’s unworthy of love.

The third story, Roller Coaster, is about an office affair, with all the high and low emotions which Katie went through during her secret love match with Jim, her boss. She knew it wouldn’t last, that he’d never leave his wife, but the giddy delight she felt from the secrecy overwhelmed her sensibility.

In Just For Tonight, the relationship turns out to be much more than one night. A politician meets a woman in a bar and they have an affair. She is unnamed and it becomes a kind of test for her; she doesn’t like his public profile, and she goes to lengths to persuade herself that when he is with her, he is a different man. This was a women who was always trying to convince herself differently.

The last story Things Your Husband Told Me, sees Erin looking back on her life. Set in New York, Erin  met Jack through work. He was from the mid-west and his mannerisms made him stand out. Although Erin was attracted to Jack, she tried to change him; his clothes, his apartment, his love for his hometown. I thought that this story was about regret.

Each of the stories dealt with different struggles that these women went through in their lives and particularly in relationships with men. I liked the author’s style and how she made each story different, especially how the emotions and journeys through life felt so real. I thought the stories were an excellent example of how to write about the complexities of human relationships in the short story format.

Book description

In this candid and stirring collection, five women tell tales of chance encounters that changed their lives forever.

They share stories of love found, forbidden, and forsaken. They speak of abandoning control, of flashes of chemistry, and of losing the irreplaceable. Escaping the past and running headlong into the future, they break hearts, they break free, and ignite sparks of desire and inspiration.

As they embark upon their journeys of self-discovery, and of self-destruction, they bravely explore the furthest reaches of their deepest emotions and boldly reveal the things they learn along the way…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Rusticles by @rlgransden #Shortstory collection

Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/

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Judith has been reading Rusticles by Rebecca Gransden

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My Review:

I am unfamiliar with this author’s work so the first time I read each story two thoughts struck me: they are unique in that they are written in an oblique style difficult to grasp initially; much is implied within phrases and partial , seemingly unfinished dialogue. And secondly, that  these tales are almost poetic prose. I say almost, because for me, they stopped just short of creating flowing images; the pictures they create are elusive. And this, I think, is what Rebecca Gransden is aiming for in Rusticles; that tenuousness grasp of understanding. So that the readers is forced to interpret each story in their own way. This place, Hilligoss, is filled with characters that tell a tale, a moment in their time, of their lives, through an individualistic, idiosyncratic point of view. I suppose there is no right or wrong way for the reader to decode what they are reading.

I liked the cover; the blending of the colours, the vague images. The way the eye is led to the light. The rust shades that reflect the title. Said aloud the title rolls of the tongue. I had to look up the meaning of the word. The interpretation is as follows:

A rusticle is a formation of rust similar to an icicle or stalactite in appearance that occurs underwater when wrought iron oxidizes. They may be familiar from underwater photographs of shipwrecks, such as the RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck. Rusticles are created by microbes that consume iron.

So it’s a clever title. I just wasn’t sure of the stories. They weren’t really to my taste as a reader. But I may be missing the whole point of this book. I’d be interested to see what other readers think.

Book Description

In Hilligoss, a tired man searches for a son, a flamingo enthrals the night, and fireworks light up the lost. In these stories and more, Rusticles offers a meandering tour through backroads bathed in half light, where shadows play along the verges and whispers of the past assault daydreams of the present. Walk the worn pathways of Hilligoss.

About the author

Rebecca Gransden

This author has always lived by the sea.

She tends to write about the edges of things so if you inhabit the fringes you may find something to like.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Magic Fishing Panties by @KimDalferes

Today’s team book review comes from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/

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Judith chose to read and review Magic Fishing Panties by Kimberly Dalferes

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I gave Magic Fishing Panties 4* out of 5

First of all I’d like to thank Rosie Amber and  Kimberly J. Dalferes  for giving me this opportunity to review this book

I need to say nothing more than I loved he Magic Fishing Panties by Kim Dalferes. But, of course I will, because I want more people to read this fabulous collection of short stories and essays. I read it one sitting, ignoring all the ‘to-do’ tasks that were indelibly printed on my brain until I picked up this book and started reading. It’s a long time since I indulged myself like this and I’m not sorry. The author’s voice shines through in each story, whether it’s one that makes you laugh out loud, sigh with nostalgis or weep (which one or two did to me!) And there are a few that make you sit back and think, perhaps shake your head in amazement at the obtuse, insensitive attitude of some people, and then wonder at  Kim Dalferes’ ability to retain a sense of humour.. And be able to craft a story about  it with such skill.

Picture the scene: The school bus, too early to pick up the children on the other side of an intersection (crossroads for UK readers) parked right in the middle until the driver decides it’s the correct time and blocking all traffic.

Enter Kim Dalferes …

“‘Did any other adult offer assistance? Nada. Not a single one…I soon found myself juggling leash, tugging dog, and blue plastic poop bag precariously with my right hand, my coffee mug in the left, and directing traffic through the intersection while simultaneously shooing children out of the road …”

It’s just part of one of many hilarious passages. Kim Dalferes interweaves reality, poignancy, honesty (at whatever cost to herself) and comedy. I can heartily recommend the Magic Fishing Panties .

Find her book here:

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