Monday, October 22, 2012

REVIEW: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem Title: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem
Author: Sonya Sones
1st Published: March 17th 2011
Genre: Fiction
Page Count: Paperback, 416 pages
Finish Reading: September 2012
Sonya Sones' Blog.

Synopsis: My name is Holly.
This story is about me--
a writer who's way behind
on her deadline.

But, honestly,
how can I concentrate on my work
when my fiftieth birthday's
rushing at me like a freight train,

my hormones are making me feel
like a Szechuan flambE,
and my eighty-year-old mother's
biting her nurses?

Not to mention the fact that my daughter's
just begun applying to colleges
(none of which are within
a thousand-mile radius of home),

and lately my husband's been
such an irritating, finger-pointing stinker
that I've found myself dreaming of ways
to spend his insurance money . . .

My name is Holly.
This book
tells my story--
a coming-of-middle-age story.

This book fell into my hands by fate. haha… figuratively speaking. 'Stop Pretending' was my first novel by Sonya Sones… and I enjoyed it a lot. But 'The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus' surpassed that one by a long shot. I utterly enjoyed this novel even if it was her first adult novel-in-verse.

This book made me laugh, it made me cry. Despite the fact that it was about about marriage, motherhood, and mayhem… I loved it... a lot... It actually inspired me to write a novel in verse, but mean while that happens… I am doing a whole blog in verse:

• I didn't like the doctor... he seemed to be making matters worse.

• How Holly seems like a real person rather then a fictional character.
• All the characters seemed real, for that matter.
• The way it was written. (The poems are great!!)


“To take estrogen or not to take estrogen:
That is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler to abstain and suffer
The sweat and puddles of outrageous flashes
Or to take arms against a sea of mood swings,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; at first the studies say 'twill end
The heart attacks and thousand bouts of bloat
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a true confusion -
For then they say 'twill cause us all to die
Perchance from breast cancer; ay, there's the rub;
For who can dream or even sleep while worrying about
What doctors might be saying come next week?”
― Sonya Sones, The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem

I recommend this to anyone who appreciates a good novel in verse.

My Rating: ★★★★☆
Overall (Goodreads) Rating: 3.76 Stars
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