What's Come Over You?
by Marian Thurm
Category: Fiction / General
224 pages; ISBN: 1883285216
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Paul Lappen
This group of stories looks at the trials and tribulations of contemporary daily life from a surprising variety of perspectives.
A male Rabbi is shocked when his wife announces to the congregation, during the service, that they are splitting up, something that is news to him. A man is depressed because his ex-girlfiend (they had been "thick as thieves" for the previous ten years) is marrying someone else. A single mother and her eleven-year-old daughter are in Florida visiting the woman's mother and stepfather. He has Parkinson's Disease and she thinks that spending that spending money on cosmetics to hold back the ravages of time is more important than things like housekeeping. A suddenly-divorced man with a seven-year-old daughter finds a female college student in his building making extra money by writing long-overdue thank you notes and weekly notes to his mother. The mother is very happy at the news that he is taking a cooking class and has a girlfriend, things the woman decided to add to give him a "life". A husband-and-wife house cleaning team, with a very strange nine-year-old daughter named Princess, has a major argument while cleaning a woman's house. A Jewish woman, whose husband found out that she was cheating on him, is served divorce papers on the day of her grandfather's funeral. Another story is about a new teacher in a run-down, inner city school. Two people in New York City get married, but neither one wants to give up their apartment to move in with the other, sothey have a sort-of long distance marriage.
I was really impressed with these stories. Thurm does a first-rate job with a variety of different narrators, the dialogue and the poignant humor. These aren't your average tales of modern-day life; they're much better than that.