Readers’ Place: Domesticity
Our romanticized version of the domestic realm is that it’s supposed to be the place where we regroup, where we can be most ourselves, and not have to make the effort to look respectable. Here are some new works that upend – or at least complicate – that fantasy.
Confessions of a domestic failure: a novel Bunmi Laditan, 2017 FIC LADITAN
There are good moms and bad moms, and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the ‘Motherhood Better’ bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?
This house is mine Dörte Hansen, 2016 FIC Hansen
All her life Vera has felt like a stranger in the old and drafty farmhouse she arrived in as a five-year-old refugee from East Prussia in 1945, and yet she can’t seem to let it go. 60 years later, her niece Anne suddenly shows up at her door with her small son — Anne has fled the trendy Hamburg neighborhood she never fit into when her relationship implodes. Vera and Anne are strangers to each other, but have much more in common than they think. As the two strong-willed and very different women share the great old house, they surprisingly find what they have never searched for: a family.
The family next door Sally Hepworth 2018 FIC Hepworth
Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie and her family. When a new woman moves next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in this neighborhood. As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends disapprove, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence might bring even more secrets to light.
The comfort food diaries: my quest for the perfect dish to mend a broken heart Emily Nunn 2017 BIOG NUNN
Following the suicide of her brother, the demise of her relationship with her fiancé, and a stint at the Betty Ford Clinic, freelance food writer Nunn embarked on a journey of self-healing that led to an exploration of the power of comfort foods. Returning to her roots in the American South-a place she both loves and hates-the author spent time with relatives and friends, sharing memories, anecdotes, and cherished recipes. Most of the dishes are straightforward, easy to re-create, and deliciously tempting.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau