Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Short Story Collection, Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Summary: from Amazon
Have you ever imagined a different life?
Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?
From much-loved, international bestseller Cecelia Ahern come stories for all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change.
I’ve been aware of Cecelia Ahern for a while now and I’ve heard great reviews of her work so I was really pleased to have the opportunity to read her new collection of short stories, Roar. The stories are all about women, the numerous issues they face in today’s society and how these issues can affect them.
These stories are especially cleverly written in a way that makes the reader constantly seek to ascertain their true meaning on the topic of womanhood. Some are totally clear whilst others are much more metaphorical and complex but all of them offer a fascinating perspective on the topic they discuss. Some of my favourites from the collection include The Woman Who Grows Wings, The Woman Who Was Fed By A Duck, The Woman Who Had a Ticking Clock, The Woman Who Blew Away and The Woman Who Unravelled. I think what’s particularly nice about this book is that everyone will have their own favourites because the stories will each speak to people in completely different and individual ways. Whilst these tales concern serious topics, a lot of them also include some really quirky humour which I loved. These stories are very self-aware and intelligent. They also feel brutally honest to me and deliver some home truths about the way different types of women are perceived by the people around them and most importantly, by themselves.
I very much enjoyed reading this collection. I think Roar will be an essential, vital read for many people and particularly every woman who has ever questioned herself or the way she has been treated. Even if you are not usually a reader of short stories then I would suggest giving Roar a try because it really is a great collection written in a very engaging manner.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is my own honest opinion.