- Shame on Iris Schwartz.
- She’s at it again.
- She has no shame.
- It’s all in this book.
- Coming on the heels of her critically acclaimed collection, “My Secret Life With Chris Noth” is her new short story, flash fiction, & micro-fiction collection, “Shame”.
- I love Iris’ writing because:
- She’s earthy
- She pulls no punches.
- Take the first sentence of the first story, “At Liberty”:
- “Belle never should have married a man who didn’t know how to kiss.”
The woman superior roll is rampant through her stories and told matter-of-factly which makes them all the more believable—even this story which leads to an unbelievably believable ending.
- Have a snack ready when you read “Ever After”. You’ll need it.
- Also, Iris’s stories are humorous.
- I’m a sucker for smart and funny and Iris has them both covered.
- She’s a New Yorker with a New Yorker’s sense of humor and imagination
- And, she can give better than she takes.
- Her story, “Excuses” comes with a prologue lest family read it unbeknownst to her.
- And like most New Yawkers, she has nicknames for so many of her characters and many have to do with their hair color and private parts:
- Officer Blond. .Officer Brunet. . . Niblette.
- As she slides seamlessly into these. Iris’ stories
- she makes me smile
- sometimes laugh aloud
- and always makes me think.
- This is a wonderful read and a great gift for the Holidays–any holidays.
Order SHAME (Poets Wear Prada) here: https://www.amazon.com/Shame-Other-Stories-Iris-Schwartz/dp/1946116017/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2D101XZBDWB3R&keywords=shame+iris+schwartz&qid=1559159367&s=gateway&sprefix=Shame+Iris%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-1
Review by Paul Beckman, author of Kiss Kiss (Truth Serum Press)
Paul Beckman lives in a small shoreline town in Connecticut with his wife Sandra. Their blended family of five children has to date produced ten grandchildren. In 1999, Paul received his MFA from Bennington College while working full time in the real estate business from which he now retired. He has also been a restaurateur, bartender, pin setter, carpenter, Teamster, Air Traffic Controller, numbers runner, builder, butcher and paper boy amongst other callings in his life. Some of his passions are traveling, photography, snorkeling, diving and of course reading. His recently had a collection of Flash and Micro Fiction published in print and online “Maybe I Ought to Sit In a Dark Room For a While” and continues to write and have his work published both in print and online. His first published collection was Come! Meet My Family and other stories. He is a member of PEN USA. Paul is pleased to have his work published in New Zealand, surprised to have it translated into two German anthologies of Humor by Jewish Writers and thrilled to have several of his short stories turned into plays. Additionally he’s been published in Great Britain,Sweden, Prague, Canada, India and Australia.