I was sent a copy of Single, Carefree, Mellow from Kaitlyn at HarperCollins Canada the other day and knew I had to get started right away. The novel is a collection of short stories (I love short stories), which has gotten rave reviews from Lena Dunham, Jennifer Close, and Stephen McCauley. Kaiti’s press release describes Single, Carefree, Mellow perfectly: Infidelity is a theme woven all throughout the book as it explores all women in all walks of life and in all walks of love. I am less than a hundred pages in and have already laughed, cried, and whimpered.
Katherine Heiny writes honestly. Her words appear to be a conversation of thoughts that would flow in your head, seamlessly from one to another with no end in sight. She writes with confidence and conviction, which I find a necessity in short stories. She writes about relationships and love in the same way you would talk about it with your girlfriends. Her stories could be pulled out of any young woman’s diary. In honesty, I’ve had to remind myself several times that these are short stories and not personal essays (which I also love).
Life is full of good things—buttered toast, cold beer, compelling books, campfires, Christmas lights, expensive lipstick, the smell of Vanilla—and Sasha is by no means immune to them, but how many things are just flat-out interesting? How many things are so fascinating that you can’t stand not to do them? Not many, in Sasha’s opinion. (from page 15 of the ARC)
Katherine Heiny underlines in bold black permanent marker the fear, beauty, and excitement that all relationships are made of. Single, Carefree, Mellow would make the perfect Galentine’s gift for the lady in your life.
* Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Single, Carefree, Mellow in exchange for an honest review.