Author Jessica Keener’s new short story collection, WOMEN IN BED, will be published by The
Story Plant on October 1, 2013.
These nine stories (many
with recurring protagonist at different stages in her life) travel the
landscape of women’s intimate relationships with
family, friendship and lovers, embracing their struggles
with desire and need to understand themselves. Told in Keener’s signature style—writing that is elegant, spare or as
The Jewish Book Council notes: “precise and ornate” these stories are also
funny, smart, heartbreaking and wise.
Idgie Says: A very slim volume that is easy to carry around in your handbag and pull out to read a story or two. The looks I received while reading it, once the title was seen, also adds humor to the day. Many assumed it was a variation on 50 Shades of Gray. :)
I would describe it as a book filled with "intellectual emotion". The characters are all dealing with emotions - both conflicting and new - and it's this that the stories are based on, not so much the romance/lust that surrounds some of them.