Shout Her Lovely Name

Shout Her Lovely Name

by Natalie Serber
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Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber

"Coming of age is a painful and beautiful experience in Natalie Serber's hands. These are funny and poignant pieces, building a book that feels novelistic in sweep, yet true to the precision and direct aim of the short story. A real pleasure." —Antonya Nelson

Mothers and daughters ride the familial tide of joy, regret, loathing, and love in these stories of resilient and flawed women. In a battle between a teenage daughter and her mother, wheat bread and plain yogurt become weapons. An aimless college student, married to her much older professor, sneaks cigarettes while caring for their newborn son. On the eve of her husband’s fiftieth birthday, a pilfered fifth of rum, an unexpected tattoo, and rogue teenagers leave a woman questioning her place. And in a suite of stories, we follow capricious, ambitious single mother Ruby and her cautious, steadfast daughter Nora through their tumultuous life—stray men, stray cats, and psychedelic drugs—in 1970s California.

Gimlet-eyed and emotionally generous, achingly real and beautifully written, these unforgettable stories lay bare the connection and conflict in families. Shout Her Lovely Name heralds the arrival of a powerful new writer.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547634524
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Natalie Serber received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in The Bellingham Review and Gulf Coast , among others, and her awards include the Tobias Wolff Award. She teaches writing at various universities and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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Shout Her Lovely Name 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of well written short stories about the bound between mother and daughter.  The mother/daughter bond is a bond that prevails obstacles, emotional upheaval, the test of time and each other.  This book is a great way to remind both mothers and daughters that we are strong and can handle anything that comes our way if we have our mom.  Pick this book up and give it a read.  I give it 4 stars.  
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review on Kritters Ramblings A collection of stories where some of them are connected with characters that show up in a few stories, but there were stories that didn't have these characters. Maybe I just didn't get it, but I really enjoyed the characters of Nora and Ruby that were in a few of the stories and was confused that they were not in all of the stories.