Told from the Hips by Andrea Amosson


hipsTold from the Hips: Short Stories by author Andrea Amosson is a not only a collection of short stories, but is also a collection of stories of womanhood, sensuality, emotion, and difficult pasts that have been “collected” from these individual characters at various points in their lifetime and experiences. The stories include those of a young woman visiting her parents in Copenhagen, her eyes opened to the loss of culture and their pasts in exchange for the coordination and safety of a home in Europe. Another story examines Rhizomatica, a woman who is explained not in terms of appearance or visuals, but rather in by her personality, her emotions, and her actions. “Ananuca – Chachacoma” follows the life of a young girl through her time to an older woman. As a girl, Ananuca grows to discover the power of her sexuality, eventually finding herself married to a young officer. Though the man seems stricken by her beauty, he disappears, leaving the young woman with a baby and a lack of sustenance. The various stories that are told throughout this collection create the images of women of all ages, yet who are able to show their strength through their endeavors and their determination. As is a common theme throughout the collection, the stories told “from the hips” embrace and display womanhood.

Andrea Amosson creates a collection of short stories that each work well on their own to create their own solid tone and feeling, yet that work together to create a theme of powerful, strong, unembarrassed women. Each story tells its own tale in a short time, creating both a full, stand-alone story, yet one that leaves readers yearning for more. Each character in the story has a voice and personality that is distinct from each of the other stories, allowing for readers to make distinctions between the characters and separate them within their mind. The women in these stories also each appear to have varying backgrounds and histories, allowing both the author to tell the individual stories and the readers to understand the differences between them. Additionally, the language that is used throughout the collection is one of educated, proper English, while also maintaining the culture of the author and of the characters of Hispanic and Latino backgrounds. The incorporation of this element into the stories helps to bring readers into the world of the characters, as it is one that they likely both have and have not experienced. As is the opening line in one of the stories, the “story isn’t easy to tell” — but it is one that Amosson does her best through her writings to convey to readers.and it is a goal in which she succeeds.

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