The Virginity of Famous Men, award-winning story writer Christine Sneed’s deeply perceptive collection on the human condition, features protagonists attempting to make peace with the paths they have taken thus far. In “The Prettiest Girls,” a location scout for a Hollywood film studio falls in love with a young Mexican woman who is more in love with the idea of stardom than with this older American man who takes her with him back to California. “Clear Conscience” focuses on the themes of family loyalty, divorce, motherhood, and whether “doing the right thing” is, in fact, always the right thing to do. In “Beach Vacation,” a mother realizes that her popular and coddled teenaged son has become someone she has difficulty relating to, let alone loving with the same maternal fervor that once was second nature to her. The title story, “The Virginity of Famous Men,” explores family and fortune.
Long intrigued by love and loneliness, Sneed leads readers through emotional landscapes both familiar and uncharted. These probing stories are explorations of the compassionate and passionate impulses that are inherent in—and often the source of—both abiding joy and serious distress in every human life.
I have never been a big reader of short stories, but one of my challenges was a collection of short stories by a woman… whilst in the library this cover – and title- caught my eye, I mean how could it not?
Whilst I found quite a few of the stories enjoyable…”Big Sister” was my favourite… I was left wanting more. I began to become invested in the characters and then it was over. I know that this is probably the sign of a really good short story author, but I am one of these people who loves getting lost in the pages of a 600+ page book…
Really enjoyable for what it was, with a couple of absolute gems, but I don’t think short stories are my thing… I need more!!!
Finished on March 8th 2017
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