The Society of Shame, a review by Shelley

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Jane Roper

Knopf | Pantheon| Vintage | Anchor
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
368 Pages
Goodreads | Amazon

Had he not noticed the tampon and pad advertisements full of women frolicking in white pants and skimpy bathing suits and understood that feminine hygiene companies were appealing to every menstruating woman’s greatest wish: to be free from the fear of inadvertently revealing to the world that they were, in fact, menstruating?

This book was very unique in the fact that it deals with a subject matter not often talked about. I loved the way the author used humour to get her point across. We women need to be able to laugh at ourselves. I often joke about my hot flashes (as horribly uncomfortable as they are)

The book also has a funny take. social media, our online presence, cancel culture and the so-called “woke” mob. It’s really satire about the whole thing. It was very thoughtful and provocative and I loved how Katherine/Kat came into her own and focused on her growth. I liked the format of the book and how it used texts and newspaper articles to help get the point across.

Ultimately though this was a mother-daughter bonding and getting to know each other story. Kate’s twelve-year-old daughter, Aggie is prominent in the story and their relationship is the heart of the book, and I loved that

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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