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Posted July 7, 2014
This is my kind of story collection. It's go what makes me happy - deep insights, humor, kindness, a better understanding of the world and my own life. Plus it's written by a guy, and I especially loved hearing about family from a male perspective, without being stereotypically so.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2012
Did I enjoy this book: I found this book to be thought-provoking, emotional, and kind of sad. It was a quick read and I am glad I read this collection of short stories.
Each short story in Into the Wilderness was about parenthood - whether the situation was about a new parent, a separated parent, or a hopeful parent. Each story seemed to focus on a hardship or a downside to each parent's situation. These are not your happy, everything-about-being-a-parent-is-great stories. This made it a bit difficult for me to relate to any of the parents in the stories. Now, I'm not saying that my experience with parenthood is the best all the time either. It's just that I didn't relate to these particular stories. For example, the "main character" through four of the stories, Judith, could not come up with a name for her child...even a few weeks after her child was born. That I could not understand.
I was happy with the ending. I was worried about this particular parent throughout the stories. The message in the book is clear...not everything about being a parent or hoping to be a parent is perfect...but in my mind, the good moments always outweigh the bad.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a quick read comprised of thoughtful short stories.
Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.
Posted October 19, 2012
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