I felt that this collection of stories was uneven -- there were a few stories that really revealed feeling and detail and character... a few where I could get what she was trying to say... and a few that did not hold my interest at all. The book is composed of mostly early writings, and you can see where Allison has since grown as an author.
Not many authors can match Allison's brutal honesty with herself--about her poor, low class family, about her sexuality, about her fears for the future. Fans must read this collection.
A book of her early writing ... even then, one could see her power as a writer. I think few authors can really match her honesty. She isn't subtle about it either - she's in your face, this is me, these are my stories. Her stories are powerful forces moving through the world and forcing people to LISTEN.
5 stars, would give more if I could. I'll read anything with her name on it.
Dorothy Allison writes in the Southern tradition with a twist--she's a lesbian and she's not ashamed of it, even coming from a dirt poor family that places importance on how many babies you can produce and how well you marry. This slim book is a collection of short memoir narratives that read as if Allison is sitting right in front of you, sipping on sweet tea and smoking a cigarette, while she divulges all of her secrets. Some secrets are raw and painful while others are delightful and sensuous--but they all have one thing in common--they are real. And wonderful. And leaves your flesh craving more. Highly recommend!
Fantastic book - I enjoyed the first couple of stories the best. Visceral and gripping, with a slight edge of (oftentimes self-effacing) humor.