StoriesBook - 2016
Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.
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CatherineG_1 Apr 16, 2016
Helen Ellis writes a series of short stories supposedly typical of the "American housewife" that make you laugh. Like another reviewer, the two neighbours emailing each other about a shared condo hallway was one of my favourites. Ellis's story about the ladies of book club was also an... Read More »
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Great collection of twelve short stories by Helen Ellis. In the first story of the group is "What I Do All Day." It’s less than three pages. In first person point of view, our first housewife begins - “Inspired by Beyonce, I stallion-walk to the toaster … I go to the grocery store and find that everyone else has gone to the grocery store and, as I maneuver my cart through Chips and Nuts traffic, I get grocery aisle rage.”
In "Wainscoting Wars" we find Angela Chastain-Peters and Gail Montgomery in an email exchange at each other’s throats over Angela’s wainscoting wallpaper, and among other things upon which they don’t see eye to eye.
You can feel the cattiness crawling up your skin as these two snarl and hiss at each other and agree to disagree.
As one reviewer tells us “I want to throw a cocktail party for Helen Ellis’s beautiful, demented, touching heroines …” And you may feel the same way she does when you’ve finished with these funny fics filled with fluff and flamboyance!
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