The theme that unites these stories in this dazzling first collection by Curtis Sittenfeld is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves. Sharp and tender, funny and wise, this collection shows Sittenfeld’s knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit.
Reece Witherspoon’s choice in novels seems to be a hit or miss.
This novel is a collection of short stories, mostly based around middle-aged people who are unhappy with their lives and feel their prime is past them. I found the writing to be compelling to an extent however, I didn’t really understand the point of most of the stories.
This novel focuses on characters that have become bitter and regretful, envious of others. It did make me feel pity and sadness for the characters which isn’t a good thing to feel when you are going through difficult life choices yourself. Maybe it was the timing of when I read this at the start of July but I did not see any purpose to these stories, plus with the great feedback showing at the start of the novel about how great it never helps because usually in my case this year that never tends to be the case. However, the stories were carefully thought and stood consistent in its theme and it would be suited to a particular type of reader, just not for me. Hence the generous rating. Perhaps if the stories had more development then I might have grown to the characters more.