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Women Up On Blocks by Mary Akers
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Jan 14, 2009

it was amazing
Read in June, 2009

These stories have wonderfully bold premises--a woman, having impulsively married a man she hardly knows, is left alone in a house covered with mirrors (it was formerly owned by a supermodel); a woman sits naked in a cage as a protest against the mistreatment of animals; yet another woman, dying from cancer, donates her body to be displayed ("flayed" is the more apt word) in a traveling exhibition on anatomy. Akers' tales challenge us to imagine extreme situations: what plunges people into them and how they cope once there. Her more traditional tales--most markedly "Still Life With Shoes," about four siblings coming together after the death of their n'er-do-well dad--are equally successful and surprising, and showcase Akers's humor and her ear for dialogue. Akers may be interested in unusual lives, but her subject is always the love, hurt, and need common to all of us.
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Mary Thanks for the great review, Pamela!


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