Read this book: Other People We Married by Emma Straub, 2011. 9781594486067.
Main theme: short stories, mismatched romantic partners struggle along.
Secondary theme: constantly judging the author based on her father's writing.
Ending theme: until realizing after a couple stories that I know jack-all about her dad's work and I just read the damn stories.
1. I liked these. Several of the stories made me uncomfortable because the awkwardness of the relationships. In real life I would turn away from the trouble and let the people deal with it themselves. I would be embarrassed at witnessing or hearing what happens.
2. New York City centric with white people doing New Yorker things. Or, at least, things that I presume New York people do.
3. Straub's husband's name is Fusco. This reminds me of the Fusco Brothers cartoon, which reminds me of the cartoonist, and that reminds me of that collection of rejected New Yorker cartoons. I need to bring that book home and read the whole thing.
4. Mismatched people by looks and social status. Men and women characters who know they are less attractive than their partners.
5. Characters who are unsure.
6. Favorite story? I don't know.Fly-Over State I guess, since Straub set it in Madison and I liked the narrator.