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I Was in Love With a Short Man Once

Written by Kimberly J. Dalferes

Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography

Book Synopsis

Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company.

I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a story collection written from the perspective of a crazy, southern, Irish, gal. Follow her as she reflects on: growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the joys of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife.

• Coming Up Stories reflect the distinctive surroundings of South Florida through stories such as “Flagpole”.
• Jimmy Stories illustrate the bond between mother and son. Stories here include “Koolaid Mom” and “Zamboni” and reveal the life lessons that our children teach us.
• The Rest of the Stories round out the author’s quirky observations, including “Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas” and “Crazy Virgo Tendencies”.

Roy M's Review

Curiously presented for review as chick-lit this is an entertaining set of self-contained stories drawn from the real-life experiences of the author. Commencing with reminiscences from the author's childhood in Florida the book progresses through her high-pressure career to the point where she jumps off the hamster wheel into a more relaxed mid-age role of consultant/mother/wife.

The book grew on me. At first it felt much like an indulgence, like the author had been egged on to write her memoirs. Family and friends feature heavily and I wondered why anyone else would really buy it.

But it is better than that. It is well-written, with pace, and holds the attention. No wasted words, always moving along. Poignant in places, thoughtful, observant of others and the world about her. Increasingly amusing I finally laughed out loud at the sauna scene and again at the quiz on the cruise ship when the author abandons all dignity to win her team the forgettable prize on offer.

I was thinking 3, then 3.5 but Ms Delferes ultimately gets a 4 for a well-produced and error-free book which I enjoyed. I'd like to see her try her hand at fiction.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.

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