Friday, December 7, 2012

Carol Wobig's Poached is not an option

By Carol Wobig

·         Paperback: 98 pages
·         Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 20, 2012)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1479139122
·         ISBN-13: 978-1479139125

$2.99 Kindle
$9.99 paperback

About the book:

Eight knockout stories about women who know what "authentic" is really all about.

About the author:

Carol Wobig spent a few years in a convent and many more years working in a pizza factory, before she retired and started writing. Her monologues were performed in community theater, and her stories attracted fans in Gray Sparrow Journal, Clapboard House Journal, and on Milwaukee Public Radio's Flash Fiction Friday.

My review:

Very real, indeed. Delightful, heartfelt, poignant and hysterical, each story appeals to a different temperament, from parents of young children to the widowed, a lost young girl, a hopeful romantic; a woman who is forced to take charge of her life at the death of her sister, to a woman caught up in modern incivility. You’ll want to cheer and laugh, and certainly take a stand…on something, or at least hug someone and pat her on the back.

Wobig tells her stories with a raw, up-front, personal edge that sets the reader right down in the guts of each character. Sometimes first person, sometimes third, tales such as Alice’s twelve-year-old confusion will make you catch your breath; lifer teacher Moira’s decisions, and the recently-widowed Anita who’s afraid of her daughter, will stay with you long after the last page.

As in much of Wisconsin, the reader is sometimes plunked down in 1950, sometimes in contemporary times, and often somewhere in between. It’s not an uncomfortable feeling, for in many places time has been jumbled and if you live here, you go with the flow.

I got on the treadmill and began to read, but had finished before I knew it was over. When I got the end, I literally shook my eReader in disbelief I had finished the book.

What else can I say? Books that are good both for mulling and your health shouldn’t be missed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think I'd love to read this book. But reading this page is difficult because of the lack of contrast between the text and the background. A lighter ecruish shade might not be as cool looking but ah, there's readability! Thanks.