Racuous, vulgar, touching! I don't know if this book is a collection of stories or an autoficional novel or what, but it's fast-paced, hilarious and truthful, so who cares. A good choice for anyone who likes voice-driven fiction, especially fans of Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson and Barry Hannah.
Natalia Ginzburg was one of the best Italian novelists of the 20th century if you ask me. She's both very funny and brutally truthful, with a cold, direct style that's all her own. I normally hate epistolary novels but Ginzburg renders the grain of daily life and its surrounding gossip so compellingly in this hilarious and heartbreaking gem about family dynamics and dysfunction, nostalgia and regret, and our failures to comprehend our kin.
This is the perfect little book to keep on your nightstand or in your bag--short, sharp, brilliant stories that stand up to multiple re-reads and sometimes induce strange dreams. Williams can disturb you and make you howl with laughter within the space of a page and her sentences are regularly stunning. I like to keep this one near at hand.