in Angela Nissel, Book Reviews, Books, Chick Lit, Dating Tips for the Unemployed, Family, Fiction, I'm With the Band, Iris Smyles, Pamela Des Barres, The Broke Diaries, Uncategorized ≈ Leave a comment I don’t know what I was looking for when I found Smyles book in the fiction section of my local library.
Bad Feminist blew me away so when I found her latest release, a collection of short stories called Difficult Women, I just knew I had to read it.
I hoped Gay’s singular voice in writing non-fiction would translate into writing fiction. Gay is a writer who fully recognizes the complex lives of women’s truth, from the most of grand experiences to the tiny minutiae that make of their daily lives (and ours).
Some live in impressive privilege and others dreary lives of poverty.
Gee, I guess coming up with a different name was too difficult for Smyles. There are no stories of trying to get unemployment, updating one’s resume, navigating the on-line obstacle courses of job searches, bad interviews, rejection letters…or worse, no feedback at all.
There are no stories of trying to stretch a dollar until it screams, living on Ramen noodles, crying over wondering how you’re going to pay the rent and bills, and thinking you hit the lottery when you find a five dollar bill in a pocket of your blue jeans.