You Think It, I’ll Say It Cur­tis Sit­ten­feld Ran­dom House | 240 pages

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family - – Amy Green­burg

Made up of 11 short sto­ries, You Think It, I’ll Say It, is an en­joy­able read ev­ery step of the way. Touch­ing on themes of gen­der and iden­tity, class, po­lit­i­cal bias, midlife angst, awk­ward­ness, ex­pec­ta­tions of moth­er­hood, so­ci­ety’s so­cial me­dia ob­ses­sion and the cul­ture of celebrity, among oth­ers, each vi­gnette is cur­rent, re­lat­able and sharp, and sprin­kled with loads of lit­tle ironies in ev­ery­day life.

Each flawed pro­tag­o­nist is well- ed­u­cated and “com­fort­able”, but seems to fear that the lives of the more pro­fes­sion­ally ac­com­plished or rich and fa­mous might be more sat­is­fy­ing than their own; a sub­ur­ban mother fan­ta­sises about the demise of an old ac­quain­tance who has be­come a so­cial me­dia star, a high-pow­ered lawyer re-eval­u­ates her past when run­ning into the “queen bee” of high school, a new mum makes as­sump­tions about the smug woman from pre­na­tal yoga, a women’s stud­ies pro­fes­sor has a one-night stand with her shut­tle driver, a re­cent col­lege grad­u­ate takes a base­less dis­lik­ing to a woman she vol­un­teers with, and a sin­gle mum must bring her baby on a trip to Los An­ge­les to in­ter­view a ris­ing TV star, to name a few.

Per­cep­tions are mis­in­ter­preted, ques­tion­able de­ci­sions are made, and self-crit­i­cism and re­sent­ment run ram­pant, mak­ing each peek into the pri­vate life of the char­ac­ters, and the of­ten cringe-wor­thy in­ter­ac­tions that come with it, so in­ter­est­ing to read.

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