Friday, July 31, 2015

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black

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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Mary Okeke said...

sounds weirdly interesting. I'd like to read it!!!

Shannon said...

That's how I felt about it - weirdly interested. I had a hard time figuring out why it was keeping my attention! The people felt very real.

TB said...

As always the review sounds good and makes me want to read the book. I will definitely add this one to my list (long list) of books to read. Thanks. said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Robin Black - twice! She's accessible, relatable, remarkably down-to-earth, and brilliant! I enjoy her writing, but had to quickly close her books while I write. I'm sure I'll pick them back up and continue with equal excitement.

Great recommendation (both of the author and the book).

Didi said...

I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Congratulations and thanks for blogging!

Didi said...

This book sounds intriguing. It sounds like it could be right up my alley. Will try to get on my iPad in a few months. Thanks for blogging about it!

Shannon said...

It's so funny to me that this post received comments because I had decided not to even put it here. I was working on a different post and couldn't get it ready, so I decided to go ahead and publish this one.

I really want to know what you all think about the book. Since I thought it was so subjective, I'm curious to see different reactions to it.

Didi, thanks! Headed over to the link now.