I was looking forward to fun romps through girl power and instead I got 16 stories about how to get a man, why you must have a man, men who suck but you should stay with them because you need a man, why it's OK to be with a married man, ignoring the good man in front of you so you can get trampled over by the jerky man that might call next week, getting out of a relationship with a man so you can immediately start your next relationship with a man, and keeping your man happy so he doesn't leave you. Oh and women who think every man either wants them or is gay, or women who believe that they are completely unworthy of love and deserve to be treated like crap.
Stab me in the eye, please.
So why did I suffer through 16 stories that would make Gloria Steinem cry? A lot of the girls/women had girlfriends who were saying the things that I was thinking. Also, the writing is really good. While I hated the plots, there were lines that were really impressive. 2/10. This one was so not for me. But 2 points for some really great writing, even though I hated what was being written about.
New York Times bestselling authors Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes top an impressive roster of the Emerald Isle's most popular women writers as the celebrate the joys and perils of love and the adventure and constancy of femal friendships.
Irish Girls About Town is an anthology of sixteen short stories by Irish women writers. Given the title of the book, and the fact that the cover is mostly a bright pink, you might think that most of the stories in this book would be chick lit. Well some are, and some aren't. It's a delightful mix of chick lit featuring young Irish women and women's literature featuring more mature Irish women. Some of my favorite stories were:
The Twenty-Eighth Day by Catherine Barry - A hilarious rendition of what one woman's family suffers as she suffers through a full day of full blown PMT (which is the Irish term for PMS).
Moving by Colette Caddle - A married woman who gave up a married lover and "settled" for a man she only liked finds out that maybe regrets are all they are cracked up to be.
The Ring Cycle by Martina Devlin - I loved this one! A divorced woman wants to get rid of her wedding ring, but can't bring herself to throw it in the trash. She finds it's much harder than she thought it would be to get the ring out of her house.
And thirteen other stories. Some made me howl with laughter. Some made me cry. Some had great twists at the end. Some just made me go "Huh?". Like most anthologies, it was a mixed bag. But with this many stories in the book, you know that there are bound to be SOME that you love.