This is a frequently funny, occasionally poignant story about an Arab-Australian teenager who decides she’s going to start wearing the hijab full-time (including to her private school.) It dives right into serious issues without making them seem at all heavy (faith, women’s rights, cross-cultural communication, the immigrant experience, getting along in families). It also touches on lots of lighter teenage experiences. It was a fun, worthwhile read.
This collection of essays about making a living as a fiction writer had me laughing out loud and reading extended sections (when I could get them out without cracking up) to my critique group and long-suffering husband. Besides being a healthy dose of fun, these essays were practical and encouraging. I’m currently borrowing my copy from the library, but I may just get one of my own. Yes, it’s that good. If you’re a writer, or even if you just need a good laugh, you might want to check this book out.
This was a lighthearted mystery with fun characters and ridiculous predicaments that kept me laughing, but never quite crossed over to unbelievable. I may try to check out more in the series.
I’m usually more into novels than short stories; more into fantasy, sci-fi, romance and mystery than humor, but this collection was great fun. The stories were just the right length to read while a child was occupied with a meal or a short computer game, and they kept me laughing when laughs were hard to come by. I appreciated the well-written prose and the immersion in a simpler time as well.
I have a bit more time for reading these days, so I’m back to novels, but I might still seek out another few of James Herriot’s short story collections.