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We Want What We Want: Stories
We Want What We Want: Stories | Alix Ohlin
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A collection of glittering, surprising, darkly funny stories of people testing the boundaries of their lives, from the celebrated author of Dual Citizens. In the mordantly funny Money, Geography, Youth, Vanessa arrives home from a gap year volunteering in Ghana to find that her father is engaged to her childhood best friend. Unable to reconcile the girl she went to dances with in the eighth grade and the woman in her father's bed, Vanessa turns to a different old friendship for her own, unique diversion. In the subversive The Brooks Brothers Guru, Amanda drives to upstate New York to rescue her gawky cousin from a cult, only to discover clean-cut, well-dressed men living in a beautiful home, discussing the classics, and drinking sophisticated cocktails, moving her to wonder what freedoms she might willingly trade away for a life of such elegant comfort. And in The Universal Particular, Tamar welcomes her husband's young stepcousin into their home, imagining they are saving this young woman from Somalia by way of Stockholm, only to find their cool suburban life of potlucks and air-conditioning knocked askew in ways they cannot quite understand. Populated with imperfect families, burned potential, and inescapable old flames, the thirteen stories in We Want What We Want are, each one, diamond-sharp--sparkling with pain, humor, and beauty.
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I was even more impressed with this short story collection on #reread. Ohlin is a master of the form, and I *highly* recommend this book!

“Casino” captures the anger and heartbreak of mothering an addict. “Money, Geography, Youth” and “Service Intelligence” both express the difficulty of defining your personal ethics as a young adult. “The Point of No Return” is an interesting look at friendship and chronic illness. All winners in this bunch!!

Megabooks @Cinfhen I think you‘ll enjoy this. Keep your 👀 out! @TheAromaofBooks this is my #bookspin! 🥳🥳 3d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
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I have so many books I intend to #reread, but somehow I get stuck on where to start. So my #bookspin this month is a spin on this wheel of rereads. I spun this short story collection, which is lucky because I‘m having a short story moment right now. Let‘s see what I think this time!

DGRachel I love that app so much. 😂 5d
Cinfhen First, a spinning wheel app sounds AMAZING 🤩 and second, so does this short story collection!! I think this one might convert me….what do u think??? I don‘t remember you ever reviewing this one before. 5d
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I am all about letting random acts of fate decide my next read 😂 5d
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks it is so fun! I want to do my mount TBR and BOTM backlog wheels too this month! (edited) 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes, I think this would be a good one to start with. All are stand alone, and they are all winners! Nothing too weird. Each are different as far as locale and topic, which is fantastic too. She has other collections too, which is usually a good sign of a pro at the form. 👍🏻👍🏻 4d
Cinfhen Ok 👍🏽 I‘ll keep my eyes open and look into this one. Saw your email - sending 💚 - 4d
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@Lindy was right. This is a fantastic story collection. Pulling from situations as diverse as a mother running into her missing daughter‘s dealer (Casino) to a cult based on studying the Classics (Brooks Brothers Guru), Ohlin introduces readers gripping characters. Two others I enjoyed were coming of age stories - Service Intelligence about a young mystery shopper and Risk Management about a teen returning from Ghana to a big surprise. 🤩🙌🏻

Cinfhen I just don‘t enjoy short stories but this collection does sound promising! 11mo
Lindy @Cinfhen I think there are short stories for every reader, but if you don‘t usually enjoy them, it‘s hard to find the ones that match your taste. Have you tried reading just one at a time, as a sort of palate cleanser between books? 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I know you‘ve been getting more into the connected ones, but someday I‘m going to get you onto the hard stuff!! 11mo
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“Child. We are done for in the most remarkable ways.” —Brigit Pegeen Kelly
In this remarkable collection of short stories, one of the best that I‘ve read so far this year, people‘s desires are the source of difficulty and pain… but what is to be done? We want what we want. I want more by Alix Ohlin. #CanLit #LGBTQ #shadowgiller2021

Megabooks I have this on my shelf. I‘ll definitely get to it soon now! 11mo
Lindy @Megabooks 👍I look forward to your thoughts on it. 11mo
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I first read Mulvaney‘s book, The Woman I Knew, when I was thirteen years old, an impressionable age. Although I should say that I was impressionable at all ages, especially where books were concerned. I wanted books to press themselves upon my body and mind, to change me in every way a person could be changed.

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Oszkar is disgusting, potbellied and scruffy bearded. To this party he has worn shorts that fall below his knees and a yellow t-shirt that reads “Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.” Looking at him, she thinks about people interviewed on the news after their neighbour commits some terrible crime, saying, “He seemed like such a nice guy. You would never suspect.” Oszkar is not such a person. You would suspect him of anything.

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They break for soda and chips, which his mother brings downstairs on a tray. The look she gives Aziza broadcasts sharp betrayal; she wanted Aziza to lure Tim outside, instead of joining him here in artificial reality. But Aziza can imagine nothing more artificial than the reality outside, the hum of vehicles disappearing into garages, the angry wheeze of leaf blowers operated by men in masks, like a gardening militia.

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“I think I‘m burning out,” she said to Sam, and he thought she meant on work, but she meant on everything. Sam was stable and good for her, absorbing whatever she threw at him, the tofu of husbands, but it didn‘t help. She considered an affair, but it seemed like too much work. Anyway, her days were full of meetings and carpools; there was no time for malfeasance.

saresmoore Ha! I like this quote! 11mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😁😉 11mo
Reggie I like this. There was this book back in Chicano lit where this woman sees this attractive man and compares his wife to the plastic that covers furniture. You don‘t forget these lines. Stacked. 11mo
Lindy @Reggie When I remember lines from books I‘ve read in the past, I usually can‘t remember which book and which author it‘s from. 😊 11mo
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Ohlin's short fiction hit me in all the right ways. These 13 glowing stories each different from the last were full of characters that were flawed with the pain and sting of their own realities, pushing on the edge of their existence, wanting something just out of their grasp. Ohlin's hypnotic prose pulled me in with the first story. Her empathetic characters shined throughout. Highly recommend! #bookreview #canlit

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