The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones is an adult women’s fiction novel, but not a novel like you’re used to. It could also be called a collection of poems about motherhood, marriage and life. This book is about exactly what it says; the author talks about the struggles writing a book, being married, having a child that’s getting ready to leave the house and getting old. The book made me laugh and there are so many gems of truth throughout the book. There were a few poems in the book that were favorites of mine because of how close to home they hit. I picked up this book not knowing what to expect, but also expecting a novel. I was surprised to find that it was in prose and wasn’t sure if I was going to like it.
But after about the first 2-3 poems, I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I loved the book so much, I read it in a day and it has quickly become one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far, this year. It was hilarious and I ended up loving the book; I related to a lot of the sentiments expressed in this book.
The author did an excellent job of capturing what it is like to be a married woman with a child heading off to school and realizing that it will be just her and husband. I recommend this book to any married woman no matter how long she’s been married, to any mother and to any woman.
I’m not sure that men would enjoy it as much, but it would be a good way for them to get an idea of what women think about. If you haven’t had the chance to read this book, I highly recommend it. You can buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or you may be able to find it in your local library like I did. 🙂
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