Sunday, September 22, 2013

Book Review: Women in Bed by Jessica Keener

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Women in Bed is an elegantly written, thought provoking book by author Jessica Keener. It is an anthology of nine short stories that follows the emotional twists and turns that women face. From having to deal with  lost loves, family pain, suicides and even child abuse we see how women come to terms with life and its vagaries. Ultimately it is the understanding that despite the hurt, heartache and a disconcerted existence, what human beings seek is actual connections to one another. It is simple and unadorned. The author invokes the reality that what people need are answers to the question of their humanity as they continually strive for that ethereal concept of happiness.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are in a book club. This is not a group of tales you want to read alone. It is something to be shared, discussed and mulled over continually. It is a mirror to our world, as we women think beyond ourselves, trying to bring meaning, especially the part that causes pain,  to the world in which we live.


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