The basics: This collection of stories is somewhat thematic, but not entirely so. Many of the stories feature parents of young children and/or pregnant women. In some stories these attributes are the focus, but in others they aren't.
My thoughts: One of the reasons I was curious about this collection was because I found Nine Months so bold. When I do enjoy short stories, I like a boldness of story telling: use the medium for its benefits. Bomer did not disappoint. The first story in the collection, The Mother of His Children" is raw and bold, but it's also a beautiful exploration of love and humanity.
As is often the case with collections (of short stories or essays), I enjoyed some more than others. What I loved about the experience of this particular collection, however, was how I thought of them both individually as part of a collection. Bomer's writing and characteristics got under my skin in the best way, and I can't think of any of these stories as orphans. I keep contemplating their strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences, as part of Bomer's larger work. She's an author I am unequivocally call myself a fan of.
The verdict: Baby and Other Stories is a rich, dynamic collection of short stories. Bomer's writing shines brightly, in both individual stories and when taking a step back to look at this confident, bold collection as a whole.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Length: 176 pages
Publication date: December 15, 2010
Source: interlibrary loan
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