Review: The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

The CowsTitle: The Cows

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

The new hilarious, poignant, and refreshingly candid novel from Dawn O’Porter.

Fearlessly frank and funny, THE COWS is a powerful novel about three modern women who are dealing with shame and judgement – judging each other, but also judging themselves.

It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s a searingly perceptive novel about modern life.
It’s about never following the herd.

And everyone is going to be talking about it.

The Review

The book that I was most eager to read in 2017 was Dawn O’Porter’s latest release The Cows. I didn’t know much about it but having watched Dawn O’Porter’s programmes and documentaries along with reading her previous books I knew that even if I didn’t love the story I would appreciate the writing.

Fortunately, I loved the story. The great writing was just an added bonus.

The Cows plays with concept that even now in the 21st century women are still seen as baby making machines. We are here to help continue the growth in population and whilst scientifically that is our main role real life is not like this.

O’Porter plays with the notion of motherhood in The Cows. She delivers three very realistic perspectives on how a woman is perceived not just by society but how she perceives herself. We have three strong female characters that are all in very different places in their lives; all with (mostly) relatable situations. The overriding message is that it is ok to pick your own path without the interference or judgement of others.

I bloody loved The Cows and would go so far as to say that it is my book of the year so far. I laughed, cringed, cried and ached during my reading and when an author can incite that kind of reaction you know that they are good at their job.

The Cows has received excellent reviews from those who have read it and whilst in life we salute the message of the book and recommend that you don’t follow the herd however when it comes to reading this book we demand that you do.

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

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5 Stars

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