Read Treats Online Free - "It was the curse of the modern age, options: who needed options, when everything was esentially meaningless?"
So says one of the characters in Lara Williams' extraordinary debut story collection. Treats is a break-up album of tales covering relationships, the tyranny of choice, and self navigation. This fresh, beguiling new voice paints a portrait of contemporary womanhood, balancing wry humour with a pervading sense of alienation.
Williams' characters struggle with how to negotiate intimacy within relationships and isolation when single, the pitfalls and indignities of dating, dragged down by dissatisfaction. Meanwhile the dilemmas of contemporary adulthood play out, including abortion, depression, extra-marital affairs, infatuation, new baby anxiety, bereavement, hair loss, sexual ethics, cats, and taxidermy.
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May 24, 2017
Most of these stories are very brief, 2-3 pages, about life. Some are funny, some have startling points, some are sad because they feel so much like real life. Several of the stories are written in second person which means there are no character names and in general they leave the reader with an...
March 07, 2016
I was kindly sent this for review by the publishers - thank you to Freight Books for sending me this in exchange for an honest review!
I seem to be having good luck with Freight Books, as far as publishers go - yet another brilliant read! This debut collection of short stories was relat...
February 23, 2016
* I was sent this for review from the publisher (after I requested it) but this in no way affects my overall opinion *
This is a debut short story collection and I have to say it's something I was looking forward to as I've not yet read a literary collection, but this is literary. I do think that...
March 02, 2016
Review coming soon. In short, it's a rare find and a gem: I enjoyed every story, found plenty to think on, and loved the author's consistently gorgeous turn of phrase. A wee gem.
November 07, 2017
A beautiful collection. Williams's word choice is consistently stunning. The only problems are that the stories are all so short and similar in tone, and that there are 21 of them. So I think I would've been impressed more by these stories if I'd read them individually, but all together they blur...
May 23, 2016
Williams has given us some really arresting and clever turns of phrase, however I found it a bit too artificial to give it more than 3 stars. I found it very 'creative writing class', and although not technically bad, it lacks the honesty that seems essential to making something like this work. I...
March 14, 2017
Treats by Lara Williams is the final book for me from the shortlist of the new crowd-funded Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses and the one on the, generally excellent, list that impressed me least.
It is another short-story collection - not my favourite genre. On the comments of ano...
February 24, 2017
Are there books for girls and books for boys? Is it sexist to even think such a thing? I hope not, but I can't help but notice that of the 200+ reviews and ratings of this book on Goodreads, comfortably less than 10% of them are from men. I wonder if perhaps this is a book for girls and not for b...
February 23, 2016
Full disclosure: I work at the publisher. That aside, I'm incredibly proud we're publishing debut writing of this calibre and this book is very close to my heart. The stories within are varied in voice but with a common strand of alienation: many characters are establishing their place in the wor...
July 10, 2016
A good collection with themes I think are interesting for anyone who has grown up in the modern age. Some stories were excellent and the writing is overall lovely. It is a bit repetitive though, making the weaker stories blend a bit into each other, which is unfortunate.