Book Review: American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
In case you missed my last post , I would like to share again how much I love short stories in general. I saw this collection at my local library, and picked it up for the cover.
American Housewife has twelve short stories set in the “dark world of domesticity”. There is the rich, the bored, the confused, the twisted. I particularly enjoyed “The Fitter” the tale of a bra-fitting genius husband, and his wife determined to keep him in her grip, “Dumpster Diving with the Stars”, the story of a washed-up novelist taking part in a reality TV show, and the story (forgive my lapse in memory, I can’t recall the title!) of a woman moving into an apartment and instantly at odds with her neighbor over the hallway décor, the entire story told in scathing emails.
There were a couple of stories which didn’t seem distinctive enough to me. They were written in the same tone and style, offering advice almost, but apart from that, I quite enjoyed the collection and I would read it again. I do wish a couple of the stories had pushed more towards the end. In any case, I liked the twists in some of them, the dark humor (or tragedy) in others. Overall, I’d recommend this collection and give it 4 stars.