Show Her

Show Her


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ISBN-13: 9781537509785
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

T. L. Curtis is a native of Louisville, Kentucky who moved to Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and dogs in the fall of 2014. Though she has written creatively since childhood, she has consistently been anxious about publishing her work for the general public to consume. After a few inspirational events that took place in her life after she moved to Atlanta, she decided that it was time to stop being afraid and start offering her creativity to those who might enjoy it (and even those who might not).

What makes T. L. Curtis' literature stand out is that it is informed by nearly a decade of psychotherapy experience. From being a student, to assisting as a technician, to becoming a licensed clinician herself, Curtis uses what she knows about human psychology, personal motivation, and social dynamics to structure the development of her stories and characters.

Alongside being an author, T. L. Curtis is the owner and CEO of Volo Press (, a literary lifestyle company that creates and recommends products and services for readers and writers. She spends her time creating hand-made bookmarks and writing accessories, blogging about her writing journey, and networking with other writers and readers in her local area and across the globe.

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Show Her 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
concepts, creating more questions than answers. Curtis has created a world where society has reverted women back to property about 70 years into the future, yet they have personal drones to wait on them hand and foot. Gender roles aren't defined anymore, yet they are deeply carved simultaneously. The novella kept me reading because of this opposition and invoked in me a curiosity that was full of surprise and intrigue. The idea that women could be forced back into a "master/handler" relationship in the future, yet have them still bestow a relentless power, made the story a quick read. The plot made me uncomfortable at times because the concepts almost didn't seem to agree, yet the author covered all bases to describe exactly how balanced the ideas were. It doesn't seem natural at all for society to revert to slave terminology and sexism in the future, yet the author convinces me of how perfectly they coincide. I would recommend this read to people who enjoy reading about ideas that are very different such as fans of Atwood and Vonnegut. The idea that Curtis has laced in a murder/crime plot makes the story even more intriguing and would encompass an even broader audience! The story left me wanting more of this futuristic dystopia to follow even more characters!
FrancescaAKA More than 1 year ago
"Show Her" written by T.L. Curtis was an awesome read. I would definitely recommend this book to several of my women friends. I think that the main character "Erika" is someone many women can relate to on many levels. The constant programming that most women hear growing up is to always be on your best behavior and always look presentable, there is never an excuse not to. This novel starting off was quite disturbing when I got to the father/daughter interaction in the bathroom. I literally had to put the book down and walk away for a day or two because of how mentally disturbing and ill it made me. But as per the other reviews, it was definitely a read worth going back too. Though I felt that the prologue was a bit disjointed rather than flowing into the main story line it still proved to be an excellent read. Again, in this book I could really identify with Erika on so many levels, the need to be at my best at all times and also the pain of not receiving the appreciation that is deserved in so many areas in a woman's life. It seemed that all was perfect for appearance's sake to the world via the blog Erika wrote and the image she portrayed daily. But sadly it was all just a show that she was putting on and even though she taught the students how to be better Masters/Handlers, she herself forgot some of the rules she gave them. It was a business transaction but she allowed her feelings to get involved and she became her mother, no matter how hard she tried not to. Don't get me wrong Erika went way beyond what was required in order to possibly retain her place in her Handler's life and I thought for a very brief moment she had devised a way to make him pay for not giving her the love she really desires from him. But as a line in the story says "Everyone knows you can't force a man to come back if he doesn't want to", it seems a lesson that Erika learned as a child but did not remember as an adult in her situation. The other Characters were interesting but I was not a Fan of Alice she seemed to be more judgmental of who Erika had become and showed a bit of jealousy over how men would fawn over Erika when they were younger, But I did like Vincent though I lost all respect for him when he basically just handed her over without a fight. Overall, it was an excellent book and one I would recommend any woman to read, most may have a really strong reaction to the beginning of the book but once past that grotesque portion of the story, it is an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I cannot say that I enjoyed this book. Even though it is set in a dystopian setting (and I love dystopian novels), there is a lot of underdevelopment throughout the story. The introduction, while serving to help understand the past of the main character, does not really tie in to the rest of the story. The ending of this part was also graphic, too graphic for the situation that was being described. Erika was an interesting character but the story was too short to really develop her fully. There is some insight into how mental health and past experiences can shape a person and lead to specific ways of thinking and actions. While these areas do hold some interest, you don't really get a true sense of who she is. It is hard to connect to her as a character and really get invested in her journey. The writing throughout the book was also choppy. The flow seemed to jump around and some areas became hard to follow. There was a lot of disconnection as new characters were introduced it took some focus to understand how and why they were interacting with the main character. Also, there were areas where it felt like sexual scenarios were thrown in simply to keep it "edgy." I think that the story shows promise but would need to be longer and re-worked in order to really develop the characters and create a flow that draws the reader in.
Kenneth Bailey More than 1 year ago
I found this novella to be disappointing. Short works of fiction have little space to adequately develop characters yet the author saw fit to introduce way too many. Instead of focusing on the main character's descent into madness as the main support of her life crumbles away, the author jerks the reader from scene to scene to give the main character the means to her own end, pun intended. This could be a very compelling story focusing on how dark we can become when our world collapses. There was a hint of this concept throughout the book but the concept never gets fleshed out, mainly because the scenes keep shifting. I found both Alice and Victor to be memorable characters. The determined, opinionated, and stubborn social worker who injects chaos into Erika's very ordered and structured life struck a chord with me. Alice was determined to make Erika understand that her husband was not her master but the very equal that Erika most definitely did not equate with balance. Victor let his own emotions dictate his life, in effect making Erika his Master. I found the irony of a Handler being an implied Master particularly enjoyable, even a bit amusing. Here were two individuals that accepted the system as it was yet they were completely unaware of their polarizing influence on each other. The end of the opening scene made me very uncomfortable. I believe it was a little too graphic, especially as it did not seem to tie into the story at all. Violation of the young, especially by a parent figure, can have far reaching implications on the psyche. There is a time and place to bring that kind of damage to light, but this story doesn't seem to be it. I do not recommend this book. It is billed as a dystopian, psychological thriller but it does not deliver. In order to be a thriller, the book needs to keep you on the edge of your seat and it does not. The main character does not draw you in to her psyche. The future does not appear to be a dystopia.
lostindixie More than 1 year ago
Show Her, by T.L. Curtis is a futuristic tale of male dominance over women that will haunt you long after it's completed. I found it to be an enjoyable read, although depressing. The year is 2090 and Erika, now 28, begins to reveal a lifetime of manipulation and lawless tricks designed to maintain her desired lifestyle. She always lived in a world that made men rulers and women to be objects they possessed. Any humanity or feelings of compassion within Erika were stolen, when she last saw her father and he raped her. So began the sinister, evil path of a most selfish woman. Even her younger sister's future is altered by Erika's secret deeds. Having younger siblings myself, such acts would not be easily forgiven. It was hard to find anything to like about her, but I will admit to being impressed as her lie to Amy about the dry cleaning stain played out in her favor. This book would appeal to reader's that enjoy futuristic or thriller, murder mysteries.