American Housewife: Stories; Helen Ellis
Random House Audio & Doubleday - 2016
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this short collection of (12) stories. Now that I'm done, I can tell you that there are no prim and proper housewives to be found. In fact, in these stories one housewife seemed more outrageous than the next at times.
I started this collection of twisted tales in the lives of some very insane housewives on audio and later switched to the eGalley, as the stories somehow felt less bizarre in print. There's a seemingly perfect Manhattan housewife with a much darker side, a bra fitter whose spouse is having cancer treatments, and another housewife who talks to the dead in their own home, and a story with "Tampax" in its title as well.
Although some of the stories are sharp and funny can make you think about how absurd daily life can be at times I just didn't get what was supposed to be humor of some of the stories. There was talk of dead husbands and the loss of a child that felt rather flippant and way over the top. Overall, I think I was expecting the humor to be more in the line of how David Seders writes, so it felt a little disappointing in the end.
(audio & eGalley)