Say hello to Holly—a writer way behind on her deadline whose fiftieth birthday is rushing at her like a freight train. Which might not seem so bad if her hormones weren’t making her feel like a Szechuan flambé, her editor wasn’t calling every day to tighten the screws, and her eighty-year-old mother wasn’t biting her nurses because the doctor’s been feeding her enough steroids to kill an elephant. Not to mention the fact that Holly’s daughter has just begun applying to colleges (none of which are within a thousand mile radius of home) and, lately, her husband’s been such an irritating, finger-pointing stinker that she’s found herself dreaming of ways to spend his insurance money…
The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus dances effortlessly between the hilarious and the heart-wrenching, the preposterous and the painfully familiar, leaping from the page in a completely unexpected and original way.
Sonya Sones is the author of four acclaimed novels for teens—Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy; What My Mother Doesn’t Know; One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies; and What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. She lives in California with her family, and only shops at Neiman’s when they’re having a sale.
Nothing could have prepared me for this book. For some reason, they author decided to write the entire novel in a series of poems. This was definitely not what I was expecting after looking at the cover of the book and reading the description.
The story that Sonya Sones tells is interesting, funny, and very fitting for many women. However, I feel that by writing it in prose, she will lose a lot of readers. The story did not gain anything by the manner of writing.
However, since it is written in prose, it is a lot quicker to read. I got through it in only a couple of hours. So you should not be put off by the style of writing. The story is still very much relevant to any woman going through empty nest syndrome and/or menopause.
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