Sunday, February 26, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: "Someday This Will Be Funny"

Someday This Will Be Funny
By Lynne Tillman
Copyright 2011
Red Lemonade Publishing
Short Story Collection
1 Bookmark

Normally, I really enjoy short story collections. Especially ones that have a central theme running through them. I had high hopes for this one. It started out with a little vignette called “That’s How Wrong My Love Is” about a woman and her fetish for feeding the mourning doves. Shortly into the story, the reader realizes that the narrator of the story is a little more than fixated by these doves, and by the end of the story we see that that is the reason why she doesn’t have anything else of importance in her life.

Remotely clever read, that one. But the collection didn’t really improve beyond it. Little flirtations between people living a fa├žade, little relationships that ended for no reason at all, little moments that in and of themselves were really not anything to write home about. A few bits and pieces about “the famous” (or “infamous”). Some crazy people thrown in here and there. And really just no rhyme or reason to any of it.

For a book with such a clever title, I certainly found nothing funny in it, nor anything I could imagine would be funny “someday”. Definitely don’t recommend this one.

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