Review: American Housewife
American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis is just what it sounds like, a collection of short stories about housewives, but, of course, they’re not your ordinary housewives. These twelve short stories feature everything from a housewife who threatens a neighbor over the wainscoting in their common area to a woman who’s writing a novel for Tampax to an author who’s a contestant in a reality show.
I have to admit that I was first drawn to this book because of its fabulous cover. I found it to be a quick read but many of the stories left me scratching my head because I’m just not sure I “got” them. Critics are raving over this collection but many bloggers have called it uneven and, I’m afraid, I’m going to have to side with the bloggers on this one. It was a quick read for me, but, overall, it wasn’t satisfying. Unfortunately, American Housewife was a miss for me. You might want to give it a try if you enjoy smart short stories.