July 22, 2014

Lily Hoang reviews Inside Madeleine at Review of Contemporary Fiction

Lily Hoang shares her thoughts on Inside Madeleine at the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Click here to buy it.  I feel so grateful to have the appreciation of readers from all genders, races, and ages, but when young women connect to this particular book, I feel a unique satisfaction. I don't write with an audience in mind, but sometimes after the fact, I realize I was trying to write to, speak to, not exclusively, but geared in my head at the time, to my old self- a young woman. This does not take away from how many men and people of all ages have been amazing readers and reviewers of my work. In fact I use the word unique to describe my feelings and the same word,  unique, is also a word I would describe my feelings when men really seem to get what I'm trying to do. Different kinds of gratitude, I guess.

"Dynamite and obscene, Paula Bomer’s third book Inside Madeleine is a collection unapologetic stories. They are stories of feminine defiance without shame."

Tweed's Magazine Review of Inside Madeleine

Derek Parsons at Tweed's Magazine reviews Inside Madeleine.  He didn't like it. But he read it and thought about it and that's good news.

June 25, 2014

Two More Interviews

Thanks to Brendan Keily and Jen Michalski for taking the time to read my latest book and for your thoughtful questions.
Tweed's Magazine Interview with Brendan.
Baltimore Fishbowl Interview with Jen.

June 1, 2014

Library Journal on Inside Madeleine

This second story collection from Bomer, also author of the novel Nine Months, offers a study of women who make all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons. Bomer focuses on young women, from small Midwestern towns and big-city suburbs, who struggle for control over their own lives. This struggle often has heartbreaking results, including anorexia, date rape, and alienation. For instance, the narrator of “eye socket girls” says, “You may think that I don’t know I’m emaciated. I know every curve and angle of my rib cage.” In “outsiders,” Ruthie enters prep school with “a suitcase full of wrong clothes and heavy metal albums” and ends up being called white trash despite her efforts to fit in.VERDICT The stories are often brutal, disappointment being the mildest outcome, with Bomer capturing her characters’ anger and helplessness in a graphic and gritty style. For readers who enjoy their short fiction explicit and tough.—­Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence