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Told from the Hips by Andrea Amosson
Published in May 2016 by Nowadays Orange Productions
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How I got this book:
Received from its publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This collection of ten short stories and vignettes is mostly set in Chile or features people emigrating to or from the country. The tales centre around strong women or women whose situations bring out their inner strength and I found it a remarkably inspirational and uplifting book to read, despite the dark turns of some of the stories.
We visit Copenhagen with a young Chilean woman whose ex-pat aunt and uncle now life in the city. Effectively exiled from their homeland, the aunt and uncle make weekly cycle rides to a flea market. Their niece is underwhelmed by the trip until she realises that this is the closest her relations have to a remembrance of home. Then, in Cover Story, a different young woman is so excited to have landed her ideal journalism job and had her first article printed in the newspaper. She learns the hard way that not all women believe in sisterhood though as her dreams are spitefully ripped away.
Ananuca and Chachacoma are a particularly moving pair of stories about an orphan who never knew her mother and the mother who was given away in marriage for the price of a few animals, losing her baby daughter 'to the city' during a particularly harsh winter. I loved the imagery of this story and that of The Blood And The Escape where Teresa, declared insane, walks barefoot to a railway station to escape imprisonment in a nunnery, but cannot steel herself to leave her daughter behind with 'the lump', her husband. In common with the final three stories, Octavia who is lost to gypsies, Marcelita's Amusement where a slow-witted girl decides to entrap a husband, and Suan who is born to a Chinese immigrant woman, simple effective prose and beautifully evoked characters make these the kind of tales that are good at face-value and become greater with pondering. The women and girls are real with easily relatable problems that are repeated the world over so, while there is a Chilean flavour to the writing, in many ways these stories could be told of women in many different countries. The whole collection is short and I easily read it in a couple of hours, but then returned the next day to read it again to make sure I had picked up on all the details and emotions.
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Books by Andrea Amosson / Short stories / Books from Chile
And now for the Giveaway!
I have a unique handmade Sunset Book Sleeve to
Which novel do you think would best suit the Sunset Book Sleeve?
Comment your answer on this post before midnight (UK time) on the 8th of June to be in with a chance of winning.
Hand-woven by me from two new acrylic yarns - one pink and yellow, the other purple - the colours of the Sunset Book Sleeve reminded me of a fantastic beach sunset, hence the item's name. Perhaps the purple columns are groynes leading out into the sea? The bag features three reclaimed faux wood (ie plastic!) toggle buttons to hold the flap closed. The Sleeve when closed measures 7.25 inches / 18.5 cm across and 9.25 inches / 23 cm from top to bottom. For illustration purposes it is shown enclosing a 13 cm by 20 cm book with 300 pages. (Other designs of Book Sleeves are for sale through My Blog Shop)
The Giveaway is open worldwide. Answers must be commented by midnight (UK time) on the 8th June and I will randomly pick a winner on the 9th. The winner will be notified by replying to their Comment so if you think you might miss this response please also include other contact info such as your blog URL, twitter name or FB page. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize and I will re-offer the book sleeve in another giveaway.