A Guide to Being Born — Ramona Ausubel
I received from LibraryThing an Advanced Copy of A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel. This book of short stories is interesting, well-written, and is very imaginative.
In the first story we find grandmothers who have found themselves suddenly on a ship in the middle of the ocean. With no one else on the ship. This story focuses on one grandmother over the others and how she views the rest of them and they all deal with what has happened.
There is another story about a professor who recently lost his wife. Now he is trying to find his place in the world without her there to help him at some of the social functions which he has to go to. He finds it hard to find who he is by himself and not as part of a team.
All of the stories are based around birth, death, and love. I found each of the stories to be fantastical and yet still have a sense of realism to them. I enjoyed reading Ausubel’s stories, but for some reason I find that the more I think about what I read I don’t like them. Not to say they aren’t good, because the writing is phenomenal. They just are not my cup of tea.
*** (Three Stars)