We each walk the streets where we have lived and loved, like ghosts of ourselves.
Hey guys! Welcome to my spot on the Women and Love Blog Tour. I would like to thank the lovely Will at Renard Press for being so kind and sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Women and Love by Miriam Burke centres on (official blurb): “ ‘I couldn’t sleep that night; our conversation was like a trapped bird flying around inside my head. The next morning, I texted to say I wouldn’t be coming back. I lied about having to return to my country to nurse a sick relative. I couldn’t bear to see my story mirrored in his eyes, and to see what we never had. I knew he’d understand.’ Women and Love is a thought-provoking collection of seventeen tightly woven tales about the power of love, all its trials and complications, and the shattered lives it can leave in its wake. The stories explore a huge variety of sorts of love surrounding women in wildly differing settings, and features an unforgettable cast including GPs, burglars, inmates, emigrant cleaners, carers, young professionals, and many more. Navigating heavy themes, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ experiences, including gender dysphoria and searching for a sperm donor, the stories leave the reader burning with indignation, full of empathy and wonder.”
Women and Love is a debut short story collection. In total there are 17 stories within this collection and each story really did pack a punch. It’s a brilliant collection that covers important themes such as LGBTQIA+ experiences including gender dysphoria, searching for a sperm donor and so many more important experiences.
This collection was extremely thought-provoking and impactful. Each of these stories have their own sense of belonging and their need for belonging. Throughout each story Miriam Burke really has a way of forcing the reader to confront their own preconceived notions when it comes to class, background and belonging.
I tried happiness and found it wanting.
I loved how Miriam represented individuals that normally are so underrepresented within society and in some cases literature. I loved how she chose to show different types of families and how important it is for society to realise that all types of families are normal and just important as any other individuals family dynamic.
I use to always say that short story collections were not for me however, as of late I have read some absolutely brilliant short story collections and Women and Love is definitely one of them.
All we can hope to do is leave footprints that will lead future generations to venture further.
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