Book Review: Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

Fan of short stories? I’m usually not but this collection had me swayed.


Told in the intimate voices of complex, endearing characters, Five Tuesdays in Winter intriguingly subverts expectations as it explores desire, loss, jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A reclusive bookseller begins to feel the discomfort of love again. Two college roommates have a devastating middle-aged reunion. A proud old man rages powerlessly in his granddaughter’s hospital room. A writer receives a visit from all the men who have tried to suppress her voice.


To be honest, I was attracted to this book solely because of the author. If I had realised earlier it was a collection of short stories, I might have skipped it. I’m glad now that I have it a chance.

A number of the stories really stuck with me. They were raw and honest. The stories were original and touched on death, life, love, loss and everything in between. What I liked most was that many of the stories felt concluded. They left me feeling satisfied and not robbed of something more.

However, I do have to admit that I didn’t love all the stories. Some just didn’t touch me and, honestly, by the end of the book, I felt I had an overload of short stories.

Something you might be interested? Pick up Five Tuesdays in Winter here.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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