Friday, September 14, 2012
Reviews: Mumma Shana
I do not believe that reading from the point of view of a female, makes me a better guy. I find this viewpoint to be a good gateway to understanding my wife and friends. at Mumma Shana by Dana Wolf is my romance for the year. The author asked me to read this book, and I was given a review copy. As it was a bit girly the book took a little prodding from the author to finish it.
I am glad I got prodded.
I am in love with the main character Dorrie, I want to save her and build a place for her, that is if I was not married. The book is a pleasure and shows one woman's thoughts towards the men she loves. I came away with a fuller sense of the magnitude of love in my marriage. A great book for any man that asks, "Why does she feel this way?" Why do women stay with creeps? Why did my wife stay with me when I was an asshole? This book is a piece of beauty although tragic.
Mumma Shana has great insight. I also love the description of her struggles with fitting into a Goy and Jewish world. This has been a struggle for me and my family for ever. My mother had an orthodox conversion from Christianity (Lutheranism) to Judaism. Then I found Christ in my life and could not let go. The whole emotional playground is profound, and I am thankful that a writer has attempted to write of the struggle in a way that is real, authentic, and enriching. *
The over use of colloquial words, drew me away from the narrative. (eg. Last Straw used in 83% read)) I already knew that Dorrie was at her last straw with Peter; because of all of the description used before-hand. Danna do a great job of developing the plot, she needs to trust her readers ability to understand her words. This is her first novel, so I believe this will develop more in her writing career. **
* **This note was written to the author on 9.13.2012