Deborah A.'s Reviews > Widow: Stories
Deborah A.'s review
Mar 30, 2011
In this collection of memoirish stories, Latiolais describes events surrounding a narrator who has lost her husband suddenly to suicide. She alternates first person and third person, degrees of fiction and nonfiction, as if to say that there is no narrative form that can accommodate this reality. Even in the midst of heartbreak, this writer is never reduced to sentimentality or cliche. The language is always striking and beautiful and wholly original. I just have to quote from the opening of her piece entitled "Hoarding." "She now understands the Cat Woman, a staple of every neighborhood, the woman who lives alone with a dozen cats, or two dozen, the house sending up a reek that can be smelled from the sidewalk -- this is a person she understands something about now, when perhaps she hadn't before. She does not like cats, has never liked cats, but widowhood redefined companionship, and so she has bees now, and mice, and possums and rats and squirrels and spiders, and she will not spray them into oblivion, or allow them to be sprayed into oblivion."
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