Published: 2018 in the UK, 2019 in the US
“The Woman Who Forgot Her Name”
Length: 11 pages
Setting: a restaurant
Short summary: A woman tries to recall her identity by sitting with strangers at a restaurant
“The Woman Who Had a Ticking Clock”
Length: 8 pages
Setting: a modern city
Short summary: The ticking of a woman’s biological clock’s drives her day-to-day interactions
“The Woman Who Sowed Seeds of Doubt”
Length: 11 pages
Setting: Prairie Rock, a commune
Short summary: A woman doesn’t know what to do with herself when her parents die
Final thoughts: Once again, these stories really made me think about how society treats women. Ahern also kept me guessing, because the stories didn’t always end the way I expected. So, if you don’t want to be spoiled about the twist, stop reading now.
I thought “The Woman Who Forgot Her Name” was just going to be about how easily a woman is reduced to her roles (mom, wife, office manager) and loses her self in those roles. It did start that way. The woman could remember how she fit into her life, but she couldn’t remember her name, and she couldn’t remember who she was meeting at the restaurant. The maitre d’ sent her to the two other tables with someone waiting for their partner. She wasn’t who they were waiting for, but she was able to help them. (They each were on a blind date and didn’t know who their partner was exactly.) By being open and receptive to what the other person had to say, the woman was able to make a connection and help them. I found that element to be quite satisfying. When the woman saw her own mother walk through the door, she remembered everything.
“The Woman Who Had a Ticking Clock” was written for every woman who feels her biological clock ticking. I just wish you could use that clock to find someone else in the same stage of life as you. It would make it so much easier – no awkward questions about marriage and children and investing time in a relationship that isn’t going anywhere when you want to move to the next level.
“The Woman Who Sowed Seeds of Doubt” showed that doubt and not being sure of yourself can be a good thing. If you always know what’s what, nothing changes. The woman’s doubt allowed others in her community to rethink how things have always been done and make changes. This story also didn’t end the way I thought it would. She was staring at Jacob, the new guy in town, for a long time, and finally confronted him and her husband. Instead of saying she was in love with Jacob, she gave permission for Jacob and her husband to be in love. Such a delightful twist.
Title comes from: The titles are always descriptive of the main story line
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