Monday, January 16, 2017
Book Review: "American Housewife: Stories" by Helen Ellis
And even though I finished this quick, short collection a bit ago, I'm still at a loss as to what to say about it. I guess the collection was mostly hit or miss for me. I enjoyed some of the stories, but others .. eh, no thanks. I mostly enjoyed the shorter, almost stream-of-consciousness advice giving pieces like "How to be a Grown Ass Lady" or "Take it from Cats". There was a story that was all emails between feuding neighbors called "The Wainscotting War" that I liked, as well as "Dumpster Diving with the Stars".
I think when I start looking at the collection as a whole is when I start feeling more unsettled. There are really like two kinds of housewife here: the white, rich, city dweller, or the poor, white Southern woman. Both live for their man and how to serve him or some other entity. It was a little disconcerting, overall. But maybe that is why I liked those shorter pieces - they certainly apply/appeal to a wider variety of woman. And it would be that this was the author's intention, I don't know. This is just what I was left with at the end.
American Housewife: Stories
by Helen Ellis