Women Up On Blocks

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Clifford Garstang
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. ... 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...
Judy R.
The title is a grabber, the photo more so. I didn't know what to expect. You CAN judge this book by it's cover though. This book of short short stories of women and their lives captured me from the first page and I didn't put it down. I KNOW so many of these women! They are friends and familly members, acquantances and people I hear about. These stories touch me and I'm sure they will anyone who knows women and wish for more in their lives. Great writer. I will look for more of Mary Akers books.
Paul Austin
Shapely bare legs and red spike heels, rust and grease on the back of a Jerr-Dan tow truck. "Women Up on Blocks" delivers on the promise of its cover: These precisely rendered stories show women in struggle. Mary Akers uses language that is rich and clear to show us lovers and mothers, daughters and wives, struggle with lives that threaten to overwhelm them.
Tania Hershman
I never like to read a whole short story collection in one go, but in this case, during a bout of insomnia, I simply couldn't stop. Each of Mary Akers' stories has a unique voice, a different tone and style, and they are quirky and poignant, thoughtful and thought-provoking. They do not tie up neatly, they linger on long after this slim book has been put down. I don't recommend reading it straight through, only because of the sense of disappointment when you read your last story...
Wendy Sumner
I've been trying to figure out exactly what it is that I wanted to say. I can't come up with any other word except "undone." I mean, I know that kind of sounds pretentious or too literary, but it really fits the way this book made me feel. It was beautifully brutal. I loved loved loved it, and highly recommend it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981628066
  • Publisher: Press 53
  • Publication date: 1/17/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2009

    A stunning story collection

    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.

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