DO YOU LOVE ME OR WHAT? BY SUE WOOLFE
PUBLISHED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER
REVIEW BY TI PEACHY
Do You Love Me Or What? is a collection of short stories written by Australian author Sue Woolfe that looks at the topic of love. One of the stories is semi-autobiographical and a few of them have been published in previous short story collections.
This collection of eight short stories is poignant, well-written, thought-provoking and achingly emotional. Set in familiar scenes across Australia, with characters that feel real and situations that are relatable, each story leaves you wanting more. Each story covers a different aspect of love, including devotion, obsession, connection, belonging and rejection.
My personal favourite was Small Talk; a short story about a journey into a remote country town and helping out within an aboriginal community. It was beautiful, eye-opening and inspiring. It gave me chills thinking about how connections can be made without words, and without small talk.
Sue Woolfe is a beautiful writer. Her stories capture the essence of who she is, her experiences and her emotions. They trigger memories, daydreams, and inspire emotional responses. I often found myself laughing at the wry humour or crying silent tears as I read these stories. I would highly recommend you set aside some quiet time to read and then reflect on each story individually. It is a wonderful piece of prose and modern literature coming from an Australian perspective.
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