Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarke­t by Hilma Wolitzer

- BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING, £14.99 (EBOOK, £10.49). REVIEW BY FRANCES WRIGHT

A collection of short stories written over several decades by the now 91-yearold Hilma Wolitzer – many were originally published in magazines such as Esquire in the Sixties and Seventies, but there are new ones, too. Even in her 90s, she remains as relatable as ever, and this book gives her the opportunit­y to have her voice heard by a new generation of readers. The story that gives this collection its title focuses on a woman crumbling under the pressures of motherhood, while another tackles the current pandemic. This mirrors Wolitzer’s own experience, of contractin­g and surviving coronaviru­s, and the sad death of her husband from the disease. Heartwarmi­ng, witty and wise, it is definitely worth acquaintin­g yourself with her writing.

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