Free Audiobook:A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams

Posted by Erik Nilsson, May 2017

Author: Lara Williams   Narrator: Imogen Church   Language: English    Category: Fiction

Short Stories & Anthologies  

British author Lara Williams perfectly captures the bleak, surreal, and often hilarious period of life that every late-20s woman will recognize in this charming audiobook. She finds herself single, 29, partially employed, and about a half a stone overweight. Roller dexter of eligible friends rattling thin. Thirties breathing down her neck like an inappropriate uncle. She jogs. Looks good in turquoise. Finds herself punctuating gas “better out than in!”, patting her stomach like a department store Santa. This is who I am, she thinks. The women in Lara Williams’ debut story collection, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, navigate the tumultuous interval between early 20s and middle age. In the title story, a relationship implodes against the romantic backdrop of Paris. In “One of Those Life Things”, a young woman struggles to say the right thing at her best friend’s abortion. In “Penguins”, a girlfriend tries to accept her boyfriend’s bizarre sexual fantasy. In “Treats”, a single woman comes to terms with her loneliness. As Williams’ characters attempt to lean in, fall in love, hold together a family, fend off loneliness, and build a meaningful life, we see them alternating between expectation and resignation, giddiness and melancholy, on the roller coaster we all find ourselves on.

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