Roar





From the bestselling author of P.S., I Love You, a fiercely feminist story collection that illuminates--sometimes in fantastical ways--how women of all kinds navigate the world today.

In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women's lives--the routines, the embarrassments, the desires--and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.

One woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin; another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation; yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him. The women at the center of this curious universe learn that their reality is shaped not only by how others perceive them, but also how they perceive the power within themselves.

By turns sly, whimsical, and affecting, these thirty short stories are a dynamic examination of what it means to be a woman in this very moment. Like women themselves, each story can stand alone; yet together, they have a combined power to shift consciousness, inspire others, and create a multi-voiced ROAR that will not be ignored.


My Review

I liked the concept for this collection of short stories. You can never have enough female empowerment stories. Although, I will admit (sadly) that I found about half of the stories to be really good. In fact, some of the stories were intriguing and some even brought humor. Yet, there were a handful of stories that I didn't care for or the stories did not resonate with me as strongly.

Here are some of my favorite stories:

The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared
The Woman Who Grew Wings
The Woman Who Ate Photographs
The Woman Who Forgot Her Name
The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her Husband
The Woman Who Walked in Her Husband's Shoes
The Woman Who Smiled
The Woman Who Roared

Each story did have a purpose. Some I felt were not really believable and others just kind of plain boring. Yet, the ones that I really liked, showed women I felt in strong ways where they came out as victorious. Not against others but among themselves. A strong, confident woman is a sexy, beautiful woman.


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