Everything We Hoped For
An unusually strong first book, this collection of short stories depends on exquisitely crafted surfaces that conceal shocking emotional force. Three of the stories are obliquely connected and feature young women on the edge. In the first of these, a new mother contemplates her new baby; in the second, a girl finds herself in rehab; and in the final story, the main character goes to jail. Other characters include a New Zealand serviceman returned from active duty in Dili, the employees of a $2 shop, and a vegan couple at a Samoan resort.
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Review: Everything We Hoped ForUser Review - Goodreads
Her writing has been aptly described by Helen Lehndorf as: 'a kind of post-post modern fiction - nothing meta, no irony, no narrative arc, no insights or character transformations - the stories are flatline and searing and real'.
Review: Everything We Hoped ForUser Review - Emma McCleary - Goodreads
Although a good and enjoyable read and variously raved about and described as 'bleak' and 'brilliant' I felt like an observer reading this book - I never quite made the emotional connection. I think ... Read full review