Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: relationships, alcoholism, drug useage & overdose, profanity, cancer/illness, sex, death.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory (SWWLYIAYDG- holy acronym!) was a crafty, humorous collection of short stories about the complexities of love. There are eighteen stories in just shy of 250 pages. Many are satirical and outlandishly humorous, and most are very quick, easy passages.
Reading “A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion” is what drew me into this book, nearly 5 pages in, in which the whole short story almost reads like a mad-libs about weddings and someone said, “slaughter goats” as the verb. It really made me giggle, but also touched my heart with lines like,
“She smiles, and I feel like how Clark Kent must feel when he overhears someone talking about Superman.”
The next piece that I thought really showcased Bob-Waksberg’s emotional writing was “Missed Connection- m4w“. I thought it was a really sweet and sad love-story, and at only 4 pages long, it was so powerful. At the end, I flagged this gorgeous and relatable line,
“But no, you were gone. And I realized most likely I would never see you again. And I thought about how amazing it is that you can know somebody for sixty years, and yet still not really know that person at all.”
Next there were quite a few outlandish, over-exaggerated stories that made sort of roll my eyes and skip lines, and the author started to lose my attention. I just didn’t get pulled into to the creativity the way I think the author intended. The impact of the story was just lost on me because it went so far out there. Often, I wasn’t sure exactly what point of view I was reading from- was it the author’s, or a characters? Male or female voice? This confusion also put me off, but I kept thinking that each story was short- so I could push through.
Thankfully, Bob-Waksberg picked the pace up and regained my focus with “Lies We Told Each Other“, a list in which I immediately could say was easily universal and I was guilty of stating, and yet clever all at the same time. Shortly following that was “Lunch with the Person Who Dumped You” where the author packs short little humorous punches of emotion, depending on what kind of scenario that lunch could be. Then the author goes into “Rufus“, a short story from a dog’s perspective that had me actually laughing aloud.
“When ManMonster is upset, ManMonster makes noise like “Badog!” This is the worst noise ManMonster can make.”
Shortly after, he completely sucker-punches you with “You Want To Know What Plays Are Like?” in which a play attendee finds out the director wrote about their personal tragedy. It was all fun and light until this realization, and from there is an stirring three pages of the character’s recoil to the play. Ugh, my heart.
Overall and by the end, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this collection and Bob-Waksberg’s comedic but astute writing skills, and am glad I picked up a copy for my personal book collection.
Published: June 11, 2019
TL/DR: Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg is a collection of humorous short stories about love and relationships.
Read it? Yes, if you enjoy short stories or comedy.
Recommend it? Yes, though as there is some adult content so I would say best for mature audiences.
Buy it? Yes!
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