Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus is actually comprised of a series of loosely labeled “poems” and is considered a novel in verse. The stories focus on the heroine, Holly, and her family life, the ups and downs of motherhood and the worrying that comes along with an empty nest when a daughter goes off to college.
The poems are somewhat predictable, but they do have a fuzzy type of warmth in them which is certainly genuine. You can feel that the author is interested in making her point as to what a woman would feel at particular instants in her life. The only issue is that none of the highs are very high and the lows are to be expected, and are not low enough.
Holly seems to give up on everything once the apple of her eye, her daughter, goes off to college. The wall paper looks less fitting, the husband less of a match and the other moms in the neighborhood turn into low functioning mortars with legs of lead when their children go off to school. What happened to travel or catching up on hobbies?
It was tiring and a bit overdone that the poems/musings/rantings were based on what our heroine could not do in or with her life, as opposed to finding a new spirit and reinventing herself throughout the book (as I would have liked to have seen her to do). I would have liked The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus to have more energy and verve.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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