The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted – Elizabeth Berg
Random House – 2008
Reviewed By: Sheri de Grom
I added The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg to my shopping basket simply because I read everything she publishes, or at least everything I find. I bought the collection of short stories, brought it home, and placed it in my ‘to be read room’ (I must confess I no longer have ‘to be read stacks or piles.’ The time for stacks and piles had passed six months previously when I’d asked my husband to build bookshelves in yet another room. But I digress.
Elizabeth Berg is one is one of the first women fiction writers to whom I was introduced by the owner of an independent bookstore when we lived in Roseburg, Oregon. Unfortunately, the store is long gone, but I still read the authors I met during the short time I was assigned to the Veterans Administration there. I’ll always consider that particular store my introduction to my on-going love affair with character-driven novels.
I’ve read nineteen Elizabeth Berg novels and—despite the fact that I’ve never been a fan of short stores—I enjoyed The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted as much as any book she’s written.
The characters are women of a certain age with life experiences and real life problems—women who are willing to face their lives head-on and in unconventional ways.
Many of the stories are food-related and others are interrelated to relationship issues women face in mid-life and later. I cheered these women on and wished them success.
Mature romantic love finds its way onto the page. A love of long ago reappears in one story and a woman learns to cherish her husband all over again in another. In yet another story, a mature woman comes to grips with what it’s really like when she steps beyond the home she’d turned into a prison.
Each story is a continuing reminder that we really can do whatever we want. We don’t have to wait until no one is looking. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg is a fulfilling read. My heart was content when I’d finished the last short story and I wondered why I’d waited so long to read this collection.
Don’t wait as long as I did. Go read and by all means enjoy!
What do you wait to do until no one is watching?