Shout Her Lovely Name

Shout Her Lovely Name

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A New York Times 100 "Notable Books" of 2012

"Call it fiction, but this collection is achingly true to life when it comes to the many ways mothers and daughters grow together and apart, over and over again."
-- O, the Oprah Magazine

Mothers and daughters ride the familial tide of joy, regret, loathing, and love in these stories of resilient and flawed women. In a battle between a teenage daughter and her mother, wheat bread and plain yogurt become weapons. An aimless college student, married to her much older professor, sneaks cigarettes while caring for their newborn son. On the eve of her husband's fiftieth birthday, a pilfered fifth of rum, an unexpected tattoo, and rogue teenagers leave a woman questioning herplace. And in a suite of stories, we follow capricious, ambitious single mother Ruby and her cautious, steadfast daughter Nora through their tumultuous life--stray men, stray cats, and psychedelic drugs--in 1970s California.

Gimlet-eyed and emotionally generous, achingly real and beautifully written, these unforgettable stories lay bare the connection and conflict in families. Shout Her Lovely Name heralds the arrival of a powerful new writer.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780547634524
Branch Call Number: SER
Characteristics: 226 pages ;,22 cm


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 09, 2015

Most of the book contains stories about Ruby and her daughter Nora. A handful of the stories are not about that family at all. I think I would have found this book more enjoyable if the stories were either all connected or not connected at all. The book has an odd structure, and I found myself searching for connections in the book that weren’t there. Even the stories about Ruby and Nora seemed disconnected from each other with a murky timeline and unexplained location changes.

Apr 08, 2013

This is one of the best reads in a long time. Natalie Serber takes the familar theme of family dysfunction and disorder and breathes in new life.
Her characters are original, maddening,attractive and unlikeable.
Her writing is exquisite. Wow can she turn a phrase..... If you read anything this this.

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