Shut Up, You're Pretty

Shut Up, You're Pretty

Book - 2019
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"In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic.These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator's experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed."--Publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia : VS. Books, 2019
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUT
Characteristics: 135 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Shut up, you are pretty

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WCL_Morgan Sep 02, 2020

I could not put this book down.
Set in Scarborough, Ontario, the stories follow Loli, a girl - and later a young woman, as she meets and is shaped by different people in her life. The author does not shy away from the characters' raw feelings on race, sexuality and survival; witnessing their discoveries was both heart-wrenching and magical. I found this collection to read very much like a novel, so don't be discouraged if short-stories aren't for you.

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mclarjh
Aug 16, 2020

Poorly written; for young adults (teenagers, in other words).

esgouliaras May 11, 2019

A compelling set of connected short stories that feel incredibly real and relatable, especially for young women. We follow the main character as she grows up and see how her childhood experiences inform her life choices.

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alnoiles
Jan 25, 2019

Title has spelling error.

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