The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus

When I saw The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem on a fellow blogger’s top ten book list, I had to give it a try.

I am so glad I did.  This book definitely goes on my top ten list too!

I don’t even know how to describe the book.  The whole book is written in poem form, making it a quick, easy and thoroughly enjoyable read.

It is written in first person, poetry by a 50-something woman poet.  She writes about the things happening in her life….husband possibly cheating on her…mother in hospital…daughter going off to college.

If you are a woman of a certain age, or nearing a certain age, you will love this book.

Some highlights:

Her husband:

Michael has oodles of

endearing attributes.


It’s just that

at the moment,


I can’t seem to think

of a single one.


Her friend:

Alice is sobbing,

in that advanced hiccuppy stage,

her tears turning her carefully made-up face

into a swirling abstract painting.


Her daughter:

“Mommy!  Look at me go down the slide!”

“Mommy!  Watch me do a cartwheel!”

“Mommy!  See how hight I can go on the swing?”

“Look, Mommy!  Look at me!”


Now…my seven-year-old is seventeen.

I pass by her bedroom door and pause

to watch her in the soft lamplight,

murmuring into her cell phone.


Sensing my presence, she looks over

at me sharply and snarls, “Could you be

any more annoying if you possibly tried?

Why are you always looking at me?

I am sure that I am absolutely the target market for this book, and I loved every minute of it.  Finished it in two days.  I would have read it all in one setting, but I wanted to make it last.

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  1. says

    i have this on my list too, always nice to get more positive info.

    have you read the fang family, very different, personally i loved it, good price on kindle now too~