Major cover love for A Selfie as Big as the Ritz: Stories by Lara Williams!! Thank you so much to Siobhan and Flatiron Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
The women in this debut story collection navigate the tumultuous interval between early twenties and middle age. In the title story, a relationship implodes against the romantic backdrop of Paris. In “One of Those Life Things,” a young woman struggles to say the right thing at her best friend’s abortion. In “Penguins,” a girlfriend tries to accept her boyfriend’s bizarre sexual fantasy. In “Treats,” a single woman comes to terms with her loneliness. As Williams’ characters attempt to lean in, fall in love, hold together a family, fend off loneliness, and build a meaningful life, we see them alternating between expectation and resignation, giddiness and melancholy, the rollercoaster we all find ourselves on.
I read this short story collection in one sitting – it’s a tiny book that has a big impact. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I’d say the target audience is twenty-something women, but that didn’t bother me. I really loved five stories in particular, One of Those Life’s Things, Dates, This Small Written Thing, It Begins, and Treats. These stories are very well-written and each gives you a small view into a person’s life. I loved that the women portrayed in this collection did not have their life “perfectly together” and are still trying to figure out their own way. I think we can all relate to that at one time or another.
I also have to add that the book, dust jacket, pages…ALL OF IT is just GORGEOUS!
I rate this lovely collection 4 out of 5 stars! It’s definitely worth a read!
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