A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.
Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it’s a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.
American Housewife is my kind of short story collection – sharp, funny, and very, very dark. Helen Ellis has a way of displaying the cold dark heart of the woman with penetrating wit.
My favorite story in the collection was “The Wainscoating War” told in a series of emails between neighbors that get out of hand. This story along with the short ‘Take It From Cats” and “Southern Lady Code” made me laugh out loud. This collection is full of stories about women becoming unhinged when placed in absurd situations.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy of the book. Look for American Housewife on January 12, 2016.