BRH #1: Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly
Small moments made big.
I love how Beth Fennelly focuses on small moments from her life that fit together like jigsaw puzzle pieces.
If separate, each micro-memoir doesn’t tell an entire story, but they create a complete picture when combined.
The structure of this book is so clever - 52 micro-memoirs.
It’s a quick read, but read it a couple times. You’ll notice that each micro-memoir is positioned carefully, building to a wonderful ending.
Adore Married Love micros.
There are five small moment married life micro-memoirs threaded throughout the entire book. The last one is quite long, but the rest are all under a paragraph.
This is one of the few micro-memoir types that repeats through the book.
I loved seeing the growing tapestry of a kind and beautiful marriage. My favorite one is Married Love, III:
As we lower onto the December-cold pleather seats of the minivan, we knock hands: both of us reaching down to turn on the other’s seat warmer first.
I might try to do a few of these myself. Think of the small moments with your partner - especially the ones that don’t get a lot of attention, the ones we might miss. Put them together, and it’s a warm and cuddly picture of marriage.
Penis one cringey.
The micro-memoir that mentions three junk-flashing moments was a bit squirmy for my reading taste.
However, this is memoir, and real life runs the gamut of all emotions and experiences. Plus, penis micro-memoirs sitting alongside stories that are touching, sad, sentimental, sweet, happy, and funny create a fabulous contrast that makes for an excellent read.