Judging a book by its cover is what first attracted me to American Housewife by Helen Ellis. The toilet, the hipster glasses, the giant hair in rollers. I was hooked. If only the book is as good as the cover I hoped.
I was not disappointed. American Housewife is clever. It is dark and occasionally macabre. The stories range from the outrageous to the poignant, but more than anything else they are funny and real. Nothing would surprise me less if I opened up a newspaper to read the police blotter and one of the characters from the 12 short stories was an entry.
I was immediately hooked by the first story, “What I Do All Day” and wished it was longer than the scant three pages. But realistically how much more could you fit into 24 hours? I would definitely join the book club in “Hello! Welcome to Book Club” if they would have me. The only question would be, “which couch to sit on?”
American Housewife is a great waiting room read or better yet take a cue from the cover and hole up in the bathroom.