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Review: Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother by Hollie Adams w/ Giveaway


• Paperback: 172 pages
• Publisher: NeWest Press (May 2015)

Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother is a riotous assemblage of found objects, Choose Your Own Adventure-style in jokes and useful facts about mice. In her startlingly funny first novel, Hollie Adams takes the conventional wisdom about likeable literary heroines and shoves it down an elevator shaft.

Following the passing of her mother, Carrie, a thirty something year old tries to salve her loss but somewhat spirals out of control in a rather hilarious manner.

“Inevitably, there will be only one black item in the box: a figure-flattering skirt that falls just above the knee. Funeral perfect. It is a little tight going on but zips up almost all the way. Your shirt will cover the exposed bit of back flab you’ve been calling your lumbar loaf. If only that flap of skin had a zipper, you’d never have to carry a purse.”

Coping is proving to be a challenge for Carrie as she provides the reader with plenty of laugh out loud well timed moments. We all handle grief differently and you will discover Carrie’s method is questionable while providing chuckles. One could refer to her grieving process as somewhat destructive, however, anyone suffering a loss will empathize and understand Carrie’s unconventional acceptance to a degree.

Quick read, more than a few laugh out loud moments, but I’m confident readers will be on board or jumping ship with this love it or hate it novella.

Adams possesses a comedic gift, memorable debut.

About Hollie Adams

Hollie Adams is a Windsorite living in Alberta, where she teaches writing and literature. She has studied creative writing at the University of Windsor and has a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. Her writing has been published in several Canadian periodicals including Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review,Carousel, The Windsor Review, and Filling Station, and online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother is her first novel.


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