Monday, April 29, 2019

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Helen Ellis first lured me in with American Housewife, a book of short stories packing enough zing to win a fan (and boasting a hilarious cover photo to boot). When her follow-up hit stores earlier this month, I immediately grabbed a copy, practically rubbing my hands in anticipation.

The good news: Ellis fills the short, breezy essays with enough wit and charm to make reading them feel like a laid-back lunch date with a funny friend. She's handy with the quotable quips, too. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

The less-good news: It drags in places. While I read most of the essays in full, I skipped over a couple that didn't grab me. However, these were in the minority.

The chapters mostly go down light and easy like your memaw’s buttermilk biscuits, but a couple offer a brief flash of something darker that’s mentioned ever so briefly and never discussed again. I suppose that’s fitting if you want to write a funny, light read that never gets too heavy. But those little glimpses make you wonder what might have been had she dared to go there.

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