In The Stories That Comprise Foreign Brides, Women And Men Cope With Marriage Across Cultures In London, New York, And A Constellation Of European And Israeli Cities Transplanted From One Country To Another, Women Like Israeli Nora, Russian Vera, And German Paula Settle Into Lives Of Persistently Unfamiliar If Not Utterly Strange Routines, Lives That Are Stirred Up From Time To Time With A Very Crooked Stick With Perfect Pitch And A Poker Face, Lappin Has Composed These Insidiously Funny Tales About Love And Survival In An International No Man S Land Of Marriage. The stories in this book had about as much impact on me as being wacked over the head with a very large feather a absolutely none, and b what was that for With the exception of Noa and Noah, and The Glad
I suppose a snowstorm gives one an excuse to simply bundle up and grab a book to read Maybe this was my quickest read, taking me just two days to finish.Or, maybe, the fact that it was only about 200 pages long and had rather thick margins also contributed to the fact that it only took me a few sittings to finish this book.Anyway, this is not a novel This is a collection of short stories Now, I have shied away from short stories for one reason I want a bigger picture, not just a snapshot When was the last time I read a short story collection Maybe it was back in high school, when I read James Joyce s Dubliners Sadly, I hadn t been categorizing my book review posts until recently, so I can t go back and scan my previous reads.Anyway, back to the current book As can be gleaned from the title, this is a collection of short stories that deal with international relationships The pairs come from all over Europe and the Americas It can be an Israeli woman and a British man, a Russian woman and a German man, et cet
This collection of twelve humorous short stories is mostly about women coping in foreign countries with foreign husbands The book begins with the story of Noa who marries Noah after meeting him at a Tel Aviv disco The mysteries of this man that so attracted her to him, disappear as she learns his language Her impulsive action to start serving him non kosher meat brings about a startling result.Some of the other stories include one in which a Russian family who migrates to Canada assumed to be out of the mother s embarrassment Black Train , an intelligent Russian mail order bride who finds herself married to a less than ambitious butler in London Peacocks , an unmarried American woman giving birth at Catholic hospital Michael Farmer s Baby and a woman who uses a technique learned from her grandmother to entice a man to meet her Inhaling New York The book ends with another story about Noa, this time on holiday in Israel.These stories cross the borders of England, Israel, Germany, Russia, Canada and America They are unforgettably original, smart and each has a surprising punchline like ending One can t help but notice that it is not only the country which is foreign to many of these woman but the notion of being married as well For me, the biggest surprise is the wholesome resolutions that the majority of these women and men come up with.I enjoyed these stories because they are foreign, clever and well written Although
A great collection of stories centering one women who are either foreigners or are marrying foreigners It describes the isolation one often feels when they are pushed into an entirely different culture, especially without a support system Really great stories and nice writing Highly recommend. Mi aspettavo molto pi.E un libro leggero, troppo, che oltre a non approfondire il tema del multiculturalismo non disegna nemmeno dei ritratti femminili meritevoli di essere ricordati Alcuni pezzi sono anche piacevoli, ma niente di pi. smart writing, funny plot twists, great beach book and especially poignant for mea foreign bride I had to read this book for an education class, I wasn t really looking forward to it, but this book was really good. Des nouvelles comme a, je les d vore D autres r f rences du m me genre me conseiller Parfaitement anecdotique.
- 224 pages
- Foreign Brides: Stories
- Elena Lappin
- 03 September 2017 Elena Lappin