The Falling Woman
Lambert, Shaena, Kauder, Stacey, Herizons
by Shaena Lambert
Vintage Tales, 2002
Review by Stacey Kauder
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The Falling Woman is Vancouver writer Shaena Lambert's first collection of short stories. Lambert's narratives are windows into her characters' lives in the middle of a crucial juncture where they are forced to endure a transition or a fall. The reader almost intrudes on the characters' experiences, feeling less like a witness and more of a companion as they are forced to make painful decisions affecting their futures. In doing so, the reader learns that the title does not refer to a fall from grace, but a metamorphosis.
Lambert's stories arouse sentiments and themes of fractured relationships, compromise, marriage, expectations, love and personal choice. In "Resistance," Kaye dares to shed her shyness and moves to improve her sexual relationship with her husband when she learns that her marriage is over. Her husband is having an affair with a younger, more sophisticated version of Kaye, who is left with untattered lingerie but a broken marriage. …