Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
RATING: ★★★★★ (5/5)
This book established Barbara Comyns as one of my favorite writers. After reading her most popular novel, The Vet’s Daughter (see my review here) I was eager to see if I would enjoy her other work; so far it has not disappointed! Skillfully told from self-aware first person perspective, Comyns relays a harrowing tale of a young woman trying to figure out life in general. It is an unflinching look at a woman’s predicament of marriage vs children vs work vs creativity during the 1930s and ’40s in ‘Bohemian’ London. Sprinkled with wonderful wit and the signature surreal details (a father dies by accidentally swallowing a wasp and being stung in the throat, the doctor promises to make curry but kills himself before he can fulfill the promise & his wife, in turn, kills herself), this is an excellent read written in swift, honest prose. Can’t wait to get my hands on more of Comyns’ work!