Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Published by Harper Collins


From the best-selling author of P.S., I Love You, a fiercely feminist story collection that illuminates – sometimes in fantastical ways – how women of all kinds navigate the world today.

In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women’s lives – the routines, the embarrassments, the desires – and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.

One woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin; another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation; yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him. The women at the center of this curious universe learn that their reality is shaped not only by how others perceive them, but also how they perceive the power within themselves.

By turns sly, whimsical, and affecting, these 30 short stories are a dynamic examination of what it means to be a woman in this very moment. Like women themselves, each story can stand alone; yet together, they have a combined power to shift consciousness, inspire others, and create a multivoiced Roar that will not be ignored.

What a collection! Thirty short stories about women, usually playing on a common metaphor or euphemism and playing it out to its fullest absurdity; being eaten by guilt, walking in someone else’s shoes, wanting the ground to open up and swallow you after doing something embarrassing.

Though I personally felt that some of the stories were stronger than others, even my least favourite was pretty damn good! I loved every story because they were about women helping other women, women being supported by the men in their lives or women taking care of business rather than a collection of stories about being powerless in the face of sexism and oppression.

These were all uplifting and hopeful  stories, and in most cases very funny at the same time. I’ve already ordered a couple of copies of this book for friends so they can share it with me!

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