Remember when I wrote back in June that Brilliant Books had sent me a great book but I’d already read it? Well, I contacted them and they sent me a new book out right away with a pre-paid address label to return the one I’d already read. The entire thing was painless and I am super appreciative of their customer service style. Good showing!
Brilliant Books, touted as “your long distance local bookstore,” is similar to Just the Right Book! You fill out a form, a real-life person picks out a book, and then they send it to you. I paid $185.00 for one year of paperback books, though there are other options. While you’re here, why not check out my previous Brilliant Books reviews?
This one was a little different because they sent me some questions via snail mail (how exciting!) and then had me return said questions via snail mail (with a postage paid envelope) so getting started took a little longer than the others. However, once the bookseller got my card back I got a lovely email that let me know that if anything wasn’t to my liking that I could send it back.
The book they sent was Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes. I’d never heard of this book but boy howdy did I love it! Blurbed on the front thusly, “If the fiction of Stephen King and Alice Munro had a literary love child, it might look like this,” and I think that’s a pretty accurate depiction. If you’re a fan of either of those authors, then get thee to this book!
As that description may imply, these are dark stories. Most of them feature some type of abuse, often sexual. There is no glorifying here. Each story is complex and riddled with landmines. This is definitely a dark-and-stormy kind of a read, rather than a beach read – unless the beach is dark and stormy, I guess? LOOPHOLE.
Rating: 9/10 for me. I loved it but knocked a star off simply for the discomfort experienced while reading it.
Recommended for: People like Stephen King, Alice Munro, and / or dark stories.
Does it pass the Bechdel–Wallace test? Yes.
Author of color / main character of color / female author / female main character: N / N / Y / Y