I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder as my July freebie, but the description reminded me of Christopher Moore's You Suck - one of the funniest novels I've ever read - so I had to give it a chance.
Let me give you the publisher's description:
"An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler's demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms."
How many of you can already relate to either being a new Mom, a Mom of a toddler, or a woman whose husband travels way too much for work, or hey - a woman, period. You're going to like this one.
It's a quick read, and funny as I mentioned. As women approaching a certain age, there's already a whole lotta weird shit happening with our bodies that no one ever told us (me) about, but what happens when that "new hair" is a full-on patch on your neck? Do you run to the salon and have it waxed right off?
There are some pretty heavy, dark parts of this story, but it's well-balanced with the weird, the funny, and the WTFs. I think Moms will really enjoy it, but again, there is a touch of overall "woman-ness" that all women can relate to.
I have to admit there is one review that piqued my interest and made me want to read it even more. If you're a bit twisted like I am when it comes to reading kind of outrageous stories this may get you, too.
"Irreverent in an offensive and unnecessarily grotesque manner. A wholly reprehensible diatribe against motherhood and the sacred journey of becoming and unbecoming." - Tamara Buchenberger
I almost eye-rolled right out of my chair.
Give it a shot for a light read, mixed with some pretty heavy content. And, woof.