Sunday, January 17, 2010

Homestead by Rosina Lippi

This book contains interrelated stories that capture a small Austrian mountain village. Each chapter tells the story of one of the peasant women, and sometimes the real "end of the story" only comes in a future chapter.

Each woman's emotional life is laid bare in a short chapter. The course of the century leaves its mark as the wars wreak their misery even on this little isolated village, and of course the women are left to mourn. The author won a PEN/Hemingway Award for this work.  This is well written and definitely something that someone who enjoys short stories should check out.
Rating: 2 I don't care for short stories