Hey y’all! So, you haven’t seen a lick of blogging from me in a WHILE. I know. I feel like every person who starts a project steps back from it for a second to make sure they’re doing it for all the right reasons and that they’re doing it the way THEY want to. I wasn’t.
I got so in my head about how I should be writing and who I should be writing for and HOW I write- goodness. Writing is the love of my life! It comes so naturally to me and I should be enjoying it. So, I’m back…and enjoying it. I’m delighted to be back for this review of a short story collection because it’s so so good.
Rosey Lee’s “My Beautiful, Complicated Family” is the perfect thing for you to read right now. First off- it’s a super quick read. I think I got through Volume I and II in less than 1 hour. I would recommend this to all of my non-readers and my readers who need a break from slamming back novels trying to crush their GoodReads reading goal. I recommend this to EVERYONE. I didn’t expect to love it this much, but wow.
Thanksgiving is approaching and it’s time for awkward conversations about who you’re seeing (or not seeing), politics, death- you know what I mean. We’ve all had that family gathering where it just feels…beautiful and complicated. All of this came flooding back to me when I read this collection.
Right off the bat, this collection throws you into the world of complicated families that are just trying their best, but reeling from missed marks. I’m reminded so much of my own life, as I anticipate you will be when you read it. 😉
This collection…is messy. Pudding on the walls messy. And you want to be angry because where did this mess come from, but then you see the cutest little animal and all of a sudden you feel a little okay. They didn’t know any better. And you begrudgingly clean up the mess because…who else is going to do it?
Rosey Lee captures the essence of family so brilliantly, in all of its messy, complicated, exhausting, heart-warming glory. I love that it’s centered around black families. I feel the most at home there for obvious reasons. I also love that its a collection where black people get to exist. They get to be complex and have back stories that address a reality that is nothing but ours. I loved seeing women grapple with how tough it is wanting to be so good at everything that people forget what color your skin is. I loved seeing how a relative moving into the house while recovering is hard. I’ve been these women. I am these women.
So, I implore you to read these collections, even if for no other reason than you need to commiserate a little bit. I guarantee you will finish feeling satiated and like WHEW! What a whirlwind. And love. You’ll feel love for all of the gorgeous intricacies that comes with having a beautiful, complicated family. (or not. that’s cool, too.)
Get Volume I at the following stores. The books are free on the US sites below. Prices may vary in other countries:
Volume 1 contains a link to get Volume 2 free by subscribing to the author’s website or you can purchase Volume 2 from their preferred e-book vendor.
About Rosey Lee
Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.
Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.