There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories

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★★

I picked this up after having read too many books on doomed love. I wanted a book filled with happy romance and thought that this would resolve my conundrum. Alas, I should have paid attention to the title because this collection of short, love stories was anything but happy. From one-night stands to rushed courtships, these contemporary tales follow women who are out looking for love in all the wrong places.

Apparently, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is one of Russia’s literary giants. She is well known for being a contemporary fiction writer and has even been compared to other big authors such as Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Poe.

I thought the first couple of stories had a clever twist at the end; then, halfway through I realized each story had the same monotonous trope that pretty much starts with “there once lived a _______ who ________”. These stories, they don’t stick with you; they’re not memorable, which makes it hard to give it a good review.

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