Thursday, January 21, 2016
American Housewife by Helen Ellis, Meh
I may have listened to this too close to reading Little Tales of Misogyny. It pales in comparison.
American Housewife is a collection of twelve short stories* by Helen Ellis. They are similar in theme as they are about wives of some variety and the women are all a little kooky. They seem to be a particular kind of American woman: wealthy and white.
What I can say about American Housewife is that there are a lot of good ideas here but nothing really struck me as great. It was...okay. Some of these stories were lists and that got old pretty fast. I don't mind lists, as long as you got some meat to your collection.
The email exchanges between the two women in The Wainscoting War were entertaining with things getting catty in a hurry. I found Dead Doormen to be both dark and sad- a woman marries a man who treats her like a glorified maid. Hello! Welcome to Bookclub was not what I expected and I kind of liked that.
In the end, I thought most of the stories rather forgettable. A few made me chuckle, but there was nothing that stuck out.
*If lists can be counted as short stories???
About the Audio: The short stories were narrated by a number of women. They all did a fine job.
Thanks to Random House Audio for the review copy. All opinions are my own.