Simple Recipes: Stories

Simple Recipes: Stories

Book Review By Catie Hayes

Simple Recipes: Stories

Author Madeline Thien

Publisher Back Bay Books

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Ms. Thien has crafted a collection of short stories examining the sometimes painful realities of relationships. She considers ties familiar to every woman; bonds to one's Self, friends, family, and loves.

The Unspoken, the private undercurrent within every relationship, is the primary focus of each story. Ms Thien artfully wields her understated descriptions, revealing the truth of her character's lives. She quietly peels back the public mask, leaving bare the actual meanings of awkward silences, years of disappointment, or unspoken family secrets.

"Simple Recipes" is both thoughtfully-written and thought-provoking. The reader will be hard pressed not to find a familiar experience or emotion in Ms. Thien's stories.

Review Copyright 2002 Catie Hayes

About the Author:

Catie Hayes is founder/editor of She is a freelance writer, a single homeschooling mom of two, and an avid fan of laughter, cats and chocolate (not necessarily in that order).

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