An unusually strong first book, this collection of short stories depends on exquisitely crafted surfaces that conceal shocking emotional force. Three of the stories are obliquely connected and feature young women on the edge. In the first of these, a new mother contemplates her new baby; in the second, a girl finds herself in rehab; and in the final story, the main charactAn unusually strong first book, this collection of short stories depends on exquisitely crafted surfaces that conceal shocking emotional force. Three of the stories are obliquely connected and feature young women on the edge. In the first of these, a new mother contemplates her new baby; in the second, a girl finds herself in rehab; and in the final story, the main character goes to jail. Other characters include a New Zealand serviceman returned from active duty in Dili, the employees of a $2 shop, and a vegan couple at a Samoan resort....
|Title||:||Everything We Hoped For|
|Number of Pages||:||190 Pages|
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Everything We Hoped For Reviews
An emotionally intense and technically dazzling first collection. These stories will stick with you, most of them are unlike any others you've read, there's a silent, fraught terror to many of them, a deep internalisation. Beautiful writing. Skillful and wise.
A brilliant collection of stories. Pip Adam's writing can feel detached, but it works wonderfully in many of her stories, especially when reaching the emotional climax in her writing, as I found it often took me by surprise. Especially exceptional is her handling of some darkly tender moments at times when I least expected it.
Although a good and enjoyable read and variously raved about and described as 'bleak' and 'brilliant' I felt like an observer reading this book - I never quite made the emotional connection.I think the third person narrative in each short story had a lot to do with it and although I loved the first few stories, at times I felt a little 'he said she said.'Maybe the emotional intensity of the last few weeks - Chch earthquake, death, destruction and what not - has made me into a robot but I didn't feel the emotional connection or intensity in this book that others (friends) have described.It was a good read and I'd recommend it to friends certainly. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the stories but felt the book could have done without the final one. What I did enjoy were the stories mainly in the middle of the book and the way the writer - with incredible restraint - brought the reader to the brink each time then snapped the story shut: this left me wanting more in a way that was teasing and pleasant rather than frustrating.I think if you understand the academics and craft of writing then you'll get another layer of appreciation from this book than I did.
Her writing has been aptly described by Helen Lehndorf as: ‘a kind of post-post modern fiction - nothing meta, no irony, no narrative arc, no insights or character transformations - the stories are flatline and searing and real’.
Hugely impressive stories for a debut collection, showing a great range of styles, with humour and pathos.
These stories are wonderful: crisp, smart, accessible, funny, dark - everything you'd hope for
Quite a dark book. Very direct and Interesting style.