Women Up On Blocksby Mary Akers
Whether it's a young co-ed who has lived her life succumbing to passion and authority, a woman struggling with the intense demands of motherhood, or a newlywed whose new mirror-filled home proves too much for her fragile psyche, these thirteen stories-edgy and alluring-inexorably peel back the layers of the women they portray. By turns lyrical and haunting, plainspoken and frank, award-winning writer Mary Akers' finely crafted debut collection WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS explores the price women pay when they allow the roles of wife, mother, daughter, or lover to define them.
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Meet the Author
Mary Akers' fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in a number of national and international journals including Bellevue Literary Review, The Fiddlehead, and Primavera. She co-authored the non-fiction book Radical Gratitude and other life lessons learned in Siberia, published by Allen & Unwin (Australia) and forthcoming as The Greatest Gift from Simon & Schuster, UK. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and the Queens University of Charlotte MFA program. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia—which she will always call home—she currently lives in western New York.
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There isn't a single story in this book that I didn't enjoy thoroughly. It is mostly about women who find themselves in oppressive situations and their efforts--sometimes successful, sometimes not--to extract themselves. "Wild, Wild Horses" is one of my favorites. Missy is married to an underachiever, has put her plans on hold for the house and the babies, but digs into a reserve of strength she doesn't know she has when faced with an emergency. She will never be the same, the reader feels certain, and nothing is going to get in her way. Kelly in "Model Home," on the other hand, lives in a house of mirrors, like a carnival funhouse, and at the end of that story the future is much less certain. But Eileen in "No Reason Not To," while also facing uncertainty, has decided to be in control of her own destiny. These women feel real to me, as do their dilemmas. Men in this world don't win any prizes for fatherhood, faithfulness, or devotion, but they feel real, too. It's an excellent collection that I highly recommend to readers who like short stories.