I just finished the collection of short stories, Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny, which will be published on February 3, 2015 (just in time for Valentine’s Day).
Despite what the title would lead you to believe, the book doesn’t follow single, carefree women. Instead it pauses life in the most routine moments. It looks out the window of life and stops time for simple interactions between two people.
The stories follow the romantic lives of several woman most of whom are committing adultery (annoyingly). I find it unrealistic that so many of the women are cheating on their significant others and would rather have read more about single women than infidelity.
My favorite story was “How to Give the Wrong impression” about a girl in love with her roommate. It is a wonderful story about a woman and her platonic roommate. The infatuation she has with her roommate is engaging and real.
Some of the stories are a little hard to follow (either the book has issues with the time line or I do). Some of the stories are difficult to relate to, but there is something in this book for every woman in their 20s and 30s.
This book was an advanced copy for review.