Read Mo Daviau’s review for Fiction Writers Review on Sam Lipsyte’s (CRF 2012) short story The Climber Room.

“Society is largely cruel to older women. And it seems that the age by which women are declaring themselves “old” creeps backwards year by year. By a woman’s late thirties, she is taught to believe that should have All the Things: a husband, children, a home, a satisfying career. To come up short on two or three of these things signals that there’s something wrong with you. Maybe if you had been prettier, or done yoga, or smiles more, you wouldn’t find yourself frustrated, depressed, and fearful of acquiring cats because those stereotypes exist for a reason, right?

– Mo Daviau, Fiction Writers Review (May 13th, 2019)

Read the full review here.