Death Is Not an Option: Stories
I read this book within 3 days (mind you, I was also doing homework and college applications). It was definitely worth the hour less of sleep a night! Not only was the writing style a breath of fresh air in our world of gaudy works that could barely be considered "literature," its message deeply resonated with me. There...more
Her principal characters, some of whom narrate, are too smart to let their sorry situations be taken too seriously, or to believe in salvation. Whether children or youngish adults, they accept 'a contant sense of futility' that has its own rewards.
Rivecca is a dynamic new writer with a wit tinged with heartache and deference for human nature. Not nature as it relates to all people, but to her characters, to whom she lowers her ear and lets them speak through her. This collection of short stories is interesting in its finesse of various topics and narrators with threads of theme. However, to mention such themes or ideas is to ruin the quality of her prose and diminish its value.
So I will take a stand against the literary analysis approach...more
In the case of Suzanne Rivecca's collection, the subject material is so refined and focused on the self-delusions of the female gender (every narrator is a girl or young woman). The stories explore the complexity of savior and vi...more
The writing is great and sometimes very funny. The characters are real and interesting. My only problem with the book was that after half way through, I started to feel claustrophobic, stuck in a narrow world peopled on...more
Do you fancy a collection of stories about tragic lives of females and children? If so, then this book is for you. Death is Not an Option is a collection of short stories that center around this theme.
I find it funny and intriguing how the author thought of this theme to unify these stories. One story involves a school teacher who obsesses about one of her students...more
I actually really enjoyed the seven stories that make up this collection and felt the praise it's been getting was pretty accurate.
The stories that make up this...more
The first story is the eponymous “Death is Not an Option.” This story takes us into the world of a high school teenager, Emma, who fights wi...more
Several of the stories end in such a way that I felt that the characters were kind of static. They made some discoveries about themselves, but only vaguely, and...more
UPDATE: Just finished and the last two stories were markedly different than the rest and significantly better--a higher form and level of writing. Recommend!
Thanks for the galley, Steve!
While envy is my regular life is no wonderful thing, I really enjoy my writer-envy. To read something and wish like hell that you had written it means that you love love love what you're reading. I've always had writer-envy for Suzanne Rivecca's work, even when we were in workshop. And her debut collection is an excellent illustration in why. Super smart, beautiful language, and the best kind of cutting humor. Her main characters are scathing in their judgment on the world but equally scathing i...more