Monday, May 9, 2022

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket by Hilma Wolitzer

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories by Hilma Wolitzer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket is a fantastic title, and the book lived up to it.

Most of these stories were written in the '60s and '70s, with a new one from the Covid era, but they felt current. They were smart, funny, poignant, unexpected and kept me engaged in a way short stories usually don't. I'll pick up a book of 'em, enjoy the first few, then lose interest. Hilma Wolitizer's tales snagged me and held me tight throughout the book.

I'd never read her work before, but now I'm down for more. She's such a good writer! Here are a few lines I loved: 

Nothing was fair—certainly not the burden of dreams.

He hugged me back, but all I could really feel were the doombeat of his heart and the collapsing walls of his will.

Everybody said that there was a sex maniac loose in the complex and I thought—it’s about time. It had been a long asexual winter.

Which is all to say, I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

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