Women by Chloe Caldwell
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I feel like I could write a full essay on this novella, I had so many feelings about it. But I’ll keep my thoughts and opinions short, so this post isn’t 6000 words long and doesn’t bore you all in the process. And, granted, many of those feelings are about obsessive love and relationships, which are maybe better saved for its own separate blog post.
Women is about a writer who moves from the countryside to a massive city and falls in love with another woman, who incidentally is in a long-term relationship, that she will not leave. Anything else past that is basically just a massive spoiler, but the plot centres around the relationship between the writer and Finn, her lover.
Lots of the story focuses on the problems with loving someone who is bad for you in one way or another, and the complexity of relationships, at any age. It’s pretty significant that Finn is nineteen years older than her, and how quickly they become infatuated with one another, to the point where their obsession causes their relationship to fall apart completely.
The prose itself was well paced, and overall quite easy to read, but the girl had so much aspect to her personality that ended up annoying me. She takes drugs, and has been addicted to them in the past – in this way, Finn becomes her ‘new drug’. This does add another layer to the obsession between them, in their relationship, but it also gives the girl a tragic backstory/sordid past that wasn’t really needed… I also can’t remember if the writer girl was ever named, so obviously, she didn’t stick in my mind that well.
This book has actually been out since 2014, so I think it’s one that lots of people will have already read, especially within the LGBT+ community, but it’s not something I’d ever have heard of before. It definitely wasn’t the best LGBT+ book I’ve ever read (for more LGBT+ book reviews I’ve done, scroll down to the end of this post!) but it was a fun and quick read, decent enough, and generally just a good time. Would recommend.
I gave this 4 stars out of 5, although I think that might go down to 3 in the space of a few months after its fallen out of my fresh memory.
Some of my other LGBT+ book reviews on this blog: