Monday, May 9, 2011
Rec. #122: Come Up and See Me Sometime
What: Erika Krouse's collection of stories reveals a fondness for Mae West, a preference for sharp wit, and a deep heart of cynicism. Each of the thirteen stories in Come Up and See Me Sometime begins with a quote from Mae West, and proceeds to slide through some complicated lives with remarkable ease.
Comparable to: Many reviewers compare Erika Krouse to Lorrie Moore.
Representative quote: "Shiny clothes help. Men are like crows --- they like to pick up bright things, take them back to their nests, and poke at them with their beaks."
You might not like it if: You need more sugar for the bitterness to go down. Krouse offers a fair amount of spice, but very little sweetness.
How to get it: Used bookseller or library.