I bought If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This from the Borders going out of business sale in 2011. I had pretty much forgotten about it until I did a search for a different book and found this one on a list of 5 Must-Read Short-Story Collections. So I got right to it.
I really enjoyed this book, not because it's so good, but because it's so spot on. I wouldn’t describe it as upbeat or exciting. And it doesn't really have cliff hangers. It feels more like an exposé. It's about people: families, friends, and their issues. It's a look inside the "perfect" families, the "perfect" friendships, and the revelation that things aren't so perfect at all.
I'm fond of the women in this book. They're not all likable and that's why I like them. They make snide remarks. They express resentment. They dislike people. I appreciate this author for writing about real women and allowing them to just be instead of molding them into likeable characters.
Black is able to poignantly write what people are feeling. So many times I stopped and sat with passages, so touched by the way she articulates the thoughts of these characters. I was just as captivated by the complexities of their lives.
It's a tough book to recommend to any specific person because it feels very personal. If feels more subjective than the majority of the books I've read. I do wish I had read it in the fall or winter when I was in the mood to cozy up with a book. It's an intimate type of read.
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