“Hearts on a String,” by Kris Radish. Bantam Books. 336 pages. $15.00.
What happens if you mix together five women, strangers to one another, in a Tampa airport restroom as killer storms shut down air travel across the country? If you read Kris Radish’s latest novel, you will find out. You will also enjoy an interesting blend of personalities, the semi-claustrophobic heightening provided by the circumscribed setting, and Ms. Radish’s sassy, edgy brand of sentimentality.
An aging lounge singer, a high-strung businesswoman, a super-mom, an overly self-conscious young hairdresser, and a sleep-around babe get tossed together once they decide to wait out the storm (and the cancelled air transport) in a beachside resort hotel. How did they get together? Well, one of them dropped her cell phone in the toilet, where it got stuck, and the others decided to help her rescue it. The unexpected team effort (a success) and their mutual plight of needing somewhere to stay until they could resume their travel plans led them to share a suite at the hotel.
For several days, we watch their interaction. At least half of the time, they get on each others’ nerves. They are, after all, contrasting types with very different agendas. Given the procession of fierce storms and their need to stay near the airport, they strive to make the best of the situation. At first, each is a reluctant listener to her suite-mates’ surface concerns; then, slowly they come to reveal more and more to one another, finding a common thread that allows them to open up, to listen, and ultimately to bond.
To read this review in its entirety, as it appeared in the June 16-22, 2010 issue of the Fort Myers Florida Weekly and the July 8-14 issue of the Naples Florida Weekly, click here: Florida Weekly – Kris Radish