Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone


I received an uncorrected proof copy of Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone through the Goodreads Giveaways program earlier this year.

This year I have read more short story collections than I normally do in a year... And so far, Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone has proven to be the best short story collection by a single author so far.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone.

Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone is a collection of nine short stories and was published in March 2021. All nine short stories feature a woman as its protagonist. The short stories are all well crafted and good for the most part despite the crappy situations that the women in each short story find themselves in... I enjoyed all of the short stories, except for one of them titled, Exuma. The rest of the stories were well done.

Emma Duffy-Comparone is a new to me author. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Below is the summary for Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone from Amazon:

Named a Best New Book of 2021 by Vogue and Refinery29
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Lit Hub
Named one of "5 Hot Books" by The National Book Review

"For a friend who needs a reminder that love is weird, humans are complicated, and bad things often get better or at least later become funny stories to tell our friends." —Vanity Fair

A sharp, witty book about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong.

Whether diving into complicated relationships or wrestling with family ties, the girls and women who populate this collection—misfits and misanthropes, bickering sisters, responsible daughters, and unhappy wives—don't always find themselves making the best decisions.

A woman struggles with a new kind of love triangle when she moves in with a divorced dad. A lonely teenage beach attendant finds uneasy comradeship with her boss. A high school English teacher gets pushed to her limits when a student plagiarizes. Often caught between desire and duty, guilt and resentment, these characters discover what it means to get lost in love, and do what it takes to find themselves again.

Utterly singular and wholly unforgettable, Emma Duffy-Comparone's stories manage to be slyly, wickedly funny at even their darkest turns and herald the arrival of an irreverent and dazzling new voice.

I am giving Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. I had not heard of this author so thank you for bringing her to my attention. I don't read a lot of short stories, but I'm glad you found hers enjoyable.

    1. Short stories aren't for everyone... They aren't my go to either. However, I do enjoy enjoy short stories as a way to try out new to me authors or genres.