Winner Announced in the Shout Her Lovely Name Giveaway!

One person has been chosen the winner in the Shout Her Lovely Name Giveaway!

Congratulations to: carlrscott who left a comment on November 1st for being the lucky winner!!

Please contact me with your mailing address by Saturday November 10, 2012 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated and left comments!

#99 A Review of Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber + GIVEAWAY

As a book blogger, I’m fortunate to review all sorts of books.  Popular books, (relatively) unknown books, controversial books, and many others.  When I learned that I would get to review Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber, I was especially excited because this work had been generating a good deal of buzz and had even been reviewed by the New York Times (review here).  Additionally, it is a collection of short stories, which are a slight rarity here at Reflections.  With this in mind, I dove right in!

In this collection of short stories Natalie Serber focuses on the often complex mother/daughter relationship as the common thread that links these tales.  The majority of these stories involve a mother/daughter couple named Ruby and Nora.  The pair live in California, and the stories chronologically follow their lives, beginning with Ruby as a college student and moving through her life, eventually detailing Nora’s life as a teenager.  Although they can be read alone, taken as a group the Ruby/Nora tales could also be read as a novella.  Serber has us follow the two through teenage rebellion, love, angst, and a whole host of other emotions as these two women assert their identity.  Three other short stories are dispersed throughout the work, following the theme of mother/daughter relationships, but expressing it in quite different tones than Ruby and Nora’s tale.  In all, the stories explore what is typically a complex and layered relationship in most women’s lives, and it lays plain the high and low points that often result from such a relationship.

I must commend Serber on taking on such a complex and varied topic.  As a daughter myself, I know that the relationship between a daughter and mother is extremely important, and I think it was interesting how Serber showed how much influence a mother can have over the choices a daughter makes in her lifetime.  She excellently displayed the good times and bad, not pulling any punches and telling it like it is.  My only complaint is over the flow of the novel; once I got invested in Ruby and Nora’s story I thought it was odd that one of the short stories that didn’t involve them was located smack dab in the middle of the Ruby/Nora stories.  I think that relocation or perhaps an offshoot of solely Ruby/Nora stories would have been better.  Nonetheless, Serber’s works are spot on and definitely poignant and applicable to women around the world.  If you haven’t already done so definitely read this book, and take a good look at your own mother/daughter relationships.  They’ll be all the more better because of it.

4 out of 5 Stars

Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)
Hardcover: 240 pages
ISBN: 9780547634524

Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin for my review copy!

Giveaway
One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a copy of Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber and a canvas tote!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment in the thread below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight of Friday, November 2, 2012.  Winner will be picked at random and announced on Saturday, November 3, 2012.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Read-A-Thon Hour 11

It’s hour 11 and my tally of completed books is 2 and Todd’s is 1.  We both just finished eating some dinner and are back to cuddling on the couch with kittehs reading.  I don’t know where y’all are participating from, but it’s cold in Connecticut.  Cuddling and reading is the only way we’ll get through the full 24 hours. (Sebastian even joins in reading sometimes)

Anyway our completed list of books so far is:

Kim:

  1. Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
  2. The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

Todd

  1. Hope by Victoria Ferrante

We were super pumped to find out that we were one of several door prize winners for this hour as well! SO PUMPED.

Ok, our short break is over. Back to reading; graphic novel version of Austen’s Emma for me and M.R. Cornelius’s The Ups and Downs of Being Dead for Todd. What are all y’all reading?