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The dysfunctional relationship between a rising Manhattan gallery owner and her mother spirals out of control in a harrowing and unflinchingly honest short story of inheritance, sabotage, and the pressure to excel.Lauren is angry enough that her mother couldn’t find time to show up to the opening of her new art gallery. But when she gets home and discovers the gift her mot The dysfunctional relationship between a rising Manhattan gallery owner and her mother spirals out of control in a harrowing and unflinchingly honest short story of inheritance, sabotage, and the pressure to excel.Lauren is angry enough that her mother couldn’t find time to show up to the opening of her new art gallery. But when she gets home and discovers the gift her mother has sent instead, Lauren comes undone in the face of a temptation that will push her to the edge, closer to her demons and the bitter taste of a mother’s love.Lauren is part of The Fairer Sex, a collection of sexy, satirical, and sometimes harrowing short stories that explore the question: “What do women want?” The answer is different for every woman, but each can be read or listened to in a single sitting.


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The dysfunctional relationship between a rising Manhattan gallery owner and her mother spirals out of control in a harrowing and unflinchingly honest short story of inheritance, sabotage, and the pressure to excel.Lauren is angry enough that her mother couldn’t find time to show up to the opening of her new art gallery. But when she gets home and discovers the gift her mot The dysfunctional relationship between a rising Manhattan gallery owner and her mother spirals out of control in a harrowing and unflinchingly honest short story of inheritance, sabotage, and the pressure to excel.Lauren is angry enough that her mother couldn’t find time to show up to the opening of her new art gallery. But when she gets home and discovers the gift her mother has sent instead, Lauren comes undone in the face of a temptation that will push her to the edge, closer to her demons and the bitter taste of a mother’s love.Lauren is part of The Fairer Sex, a collection of sexy, satirical, and sometimes harrowing short stories that explore the question: “What do women want?” The answer is different for every woman, but each can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

30 review for Lauren

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    This story about a dysfunctional relationship between a mother and her 26-year-old daughter who's opening an art gallery was okay at best. It helped that it was really short. This story about a dysfunctional relationship between a mother and her 26-year-old daughter who's opening an art gallery was okay at best. It helped that it was really short.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    The blurb basically encapsulates this short story. Anything more that I might add could diminish the story or give too much away. I was drawn to this series because it is a female writer creating original stories about women. A selection of strong women one might assume but left in the uncertainty of title ‘The fairer sex’. Now I wonder if I could get away with such a label and I’m intrigued by how Ms Miller interprets it. Michelle is an accomplished writer and her pace and delivery of this brief g The blurb basically encapsulates this short story. Anything more that I might add could diminish the story or give too much away. I was drawn to this series because it is a female writer creating original stories about women. A selection of strong women one might assume but left in the uncertainty of title ‘The fairer sex’. Now I wonder if I could get away with such a label and I’m intrigued by how Ms Miller interprets it. Michelle is an accomplished writer and her pace and delivery of this brief glimpse into Lauren’s life is majestic and surprising. It resonates truth and what success is for an individual. Validation is perhaps not too much to ask, certainly love might be expected but I liked that shame and strength were addressed and what we project isn’t always who we are behind closed doors. A story that provides insight, scatters clues but leaves the reader informed and questioning.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    Lauren had always wanted her motherto be there for her but now the night of her big showing her mother’s assistant sends her cupcakes. Her mother couldnt even take a moment to do it herself and it sends Lauren into a spiral

  4. 5 out of 5

    我是💚

    2.75 raw emotioned stars. The things that your family can make you feel, especially when how you feel never seems to matter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Keeler

    Lauren by Michelle Miller is either a short read or a short listen and can be found as one of the offerings from Amazon Original Stories. This collection, The Fairer Sex, has eight stories ranging from a 16-minute read to the longest one at 56 minutes. Lauren is an 18-minute read. All works in the collection are available for “free” with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. At only twenty-six, Lauren has an art gallery. She had been planning and doing the necessary groundwork since her junior year in Lauren by Michelle Miller is either a short read or a short listen and can be found as one of the offerings from Amazon Original Stories. This collection, The Fairer Sex, has eight stories ranging from a 16-minute read to the longest one at 56 minutes. Lauren is an 18-minute read. All works in the collection are available for “free” with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. At only twenty-six, Lauren has an art gallery. She had been planning and doing the necessary groundwork since her junior year in college. With a master’s degree in Art History and a published thesis on graffiti art, she had academic credentials. Creation of the gallery, choosing the right place and interior decorations, required money but she had access to almost unlimited capital and credit. Financial security and backing came through her mother and her mother’s contacts. Mom had been an early, aggressive and highly successful entrepreneur on Wall Street. Several months earlier, Lauren had quit her full-time job and devoted all her time to finalizing business plans and lining up artists for an opening night presentation. Her mother, her mother’s background, and Lauren’s childhood relationship with her mother combine to create the conflict in this short story. Lauren has done everything in her life to fulfill both a subconscious and a conscious desire to be acknowledged by her mother. On this very important opening night, the only person she truly wants to see is her mother. Mom’s appearance will be the assurance Lauren needs to have that Mom is proud of her and her achievement. The surprise in the story will be created in the reader’s mind and appears in the very last word. I was impressed by the ending. It provided a jolt that asked, “Do you think you know what is happening?” The story has an understated and powerful ending. If I think about what I have read a few hours after I have read it, I rate the story as very good. I give this story five Amazon stars and will undoubtedly read all short reads in this collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Russell

    I decided to count this whole collection as one book. Each woman’s tale is really a short story, not a novella, so I wouldn’t feel right counting each separately. The author is talented, but I didn’t care for this collection. I’m all for sexy stories, but every single one of these (with one exception) presented sex with a man as the only way these women found fulfillment. Super heteronormative and kinda lame- especially the one that had the protagonist fucking in a busy Whole Foods, breasts out, I decided to count this whole collection as one book. Each woman’s tale is really a short story, not a novella, so I wouldn’t feel right counting each separately. The author is talented, but I didn’t care for this collection. I’m all for sexy stories, but every single one of these (with one exception) presented sex with a man as the only way these women found fulfillment. Super heteronormative and kinda lame- especially the one that had the protagonist fucking in a busy Whole Foods, breasts out, while shoppers ignored them. Sex and money are the main motivations for all of the characters in these stories, despite the fact that they were presented as if each woman would want something different.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    It is a short story but really I got the message is-- just because the world sees us succeed we still want to prove it to our parents

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Mabry

    Strong prose but very depressing and sad. Did not enjoy Miller’s short story like the others. Very dark with no humor.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Only Wants to Read

    Very, very short story, yet so poignant. It made me sad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Okay. The formula has changed, instead of crappy rich powerful men like in the five previous short stories in The Fairer Sex Collection, we get a crappy, powerful, rich mom who doesn’t support her daughter. Or does she? Lauren is devastated that her mother, who puts work before everything, doesn’t go to her gallery opening. Instead, mommy sends her daughter with an eating disorders a box of cupcakes. Lauren does not take this well. I know mother/daughter relationships can be complicated, but as Okay. The formula has changed, instead of crappy rich powerful men like in the five previous short stories in The Fairer Sex Collection, we get a crappy, powerful, rich mom who doesn’t support her daughter. Or does she? Lauren is devastated that her mother, who puts work before everything, doesn’t go to her gallery opening. Instead, mommy sends her daughter with an eating disorders a box of cupcakes. Lauren does not take this well. I know mother/daughter relationships can be complicated, but as I reached the end of this story, I completely believe Lauren’s mom wanted her to have that Exact reaction. She wanted Lauren to go though the motions because that would help Lauren in the end. It’s twisted and it’s just how I interpreted it. Clearly Lauren and her mother have a toxic relationship. We only get this brief look into said relationship, but I went away with the feeling this is a game these two have played countless times. It’s depressing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chava

    This particular short story details a toxic mother-daughter relationship, one that hit me in the feels as I know all too well what that is like (albeit, within different socioeconomic groups). However, the story is very short and perhaps that is what kept me from connecting with it. I have noticed that a lot of names are reused throughout the series, which helps to paint a picture of the upper class Manhattan society that Miller wants us to be immersed in. And, I like Miller's writing, I really This particular short story details a toxic mother-daughter relationship, one that hit me in the feels as I know all too well what that is like (albeit, within different socioeconomic groups). However, the story is very short and perhaps that is what kept me from connecting with it. I have noticed that a lot of names are reused throughout the series, which helps to paint a picture of the upper class Manhattan society that Miller wants us to be immersed in. And, I like Miller's writing, I really do. Sure, it doesn't follow all of the conventions of grammar, but that makes it feel more authentic. Thus, I prefer unpolished writing in fiction. However, I still find it hard to sympathize with the women she portrays in this series. At least in this one we are assured that Lauren is quite young.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    I think my fave 2 are Heidi and Clara ... they others not that i did enjoy them but i prefer those others more??! interesting take, i guess for me i wonder why in 2019 we are still saying FAIRER sex? i mean ... we are ladies, hear us ROAR ... not saying beat all men down. so not the case. just change the wording. I love finding these collections by Amazon ... this one is all by Michelle Miller ... i thought they usually were different authors not the same? I am still trying to figure how they ar I think my fave 2 are Heidi and Clara ... they others not that i did enjoy them but i prefer those others more??! interesting take, i guess for me i wonder why in 2019 we are still saying FAIRER sex? i mean ... we are ladies, hear us ROAR ... not saying beat all men down. so not the case. just change the wording. I love finding these collections by Amazon ... this one is all by Michelle Miller ... i thought they usually were different authors not the same? I am still trying to figure how they are related - usually it is just the lady part? newbie to Michelle's writing??! was curious. they are easily listened to. not long at all.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shaunterria

    Phrases to describe Lauren: matter-of-fact, powerful descriptions, gripping drama. I never expected a short story (a genre I love) to hit me with such a gut-punch of visceral emotion, but this one definitely did. When the twist arrived it was completely unexpected because the pacing had lulled me into a false sense of knowing - I immediately recognized this woman from countless television shows and stories. She's successful and beautiful and thin and the world bows at her feet. This short story Phrases to describe Lauren: matter-of-fact, powerful descriptions, gripping drama. I never expected a short story (a genre I love) to hit me with such a gut-punch of visceral emotion, but this one definitely did. When the twist arrived it was completely unexpected because the pacing had lulled me into a false sense of knowing - I immediately recognized this woman from countless television shows and stories. She's successful and beautiful and thin and the world bows at her feet. This short story brutally answers the question "At what cost?" Masterfully done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Summer 2019 - audiobook; Finishing out 'The Fairer Sex' set because I lost my way from them a few months ago, feel into Star Wars books, and then out of my audible and back into my Spotify, and have come full circle. This one feels...weird. And I can't really give it more than 2 stars. It was short, and bitter, and it's a one night focus on a dysfunctional relationship between both a mother and daughter, and a woman and her eating disorder/body dysmorphia. I wanted to be involved, but there's so Summer 2019 - audiobook; Finishing out 'The Fairer Sex' set because I lost my way from them a few months ago, feel into Star Wars books, and then out of my audible and back into my Spotify, and have come full circle. This one feels...weird. And I can't really give it more than 2 stars. It was short, and bitter, and it's a one night focus on a dysfunctional relationship between both a mother and daughter, and a woman and her eating disorder/body dysmorphia. I wanted to be involved, but there's so little here, and I think so much more could have been done to cover it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hiridessa

    I don't know how to rate this stories. They are short and gripping and intense and convoluted and disturbing and not enough and very real. I would like to say I enjoyed it, but I don't think it was made with such purpose. I admit the writer is good, she knows some female things all too well, and I guess it's not just from "being" a woman, but through a great deal of observation. I don't know how to rate this stories. They are short and gripping and intense and convoluted and disturbing and not enough and very real. I would like to say I enjoyed it, but I don't think it was made with such purpose. I admit the writer is good, she knows some female things all too well, and I guess it's not just from "being" a woman, but through a great deal of observation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Zee

    I wish this collection was combined into a book, especially since they are all written by Miller, since they are only a few pages each. Lauren's tale is one that hits a little close to home for me at times, about a mother's expectations and a daughter's interpretation of her mother's actions. So far, this one is my favorite, since the relationship is very accurate. I wish this collection was combined into a book, especially since they are all written by Miller, since they are only a few pages each. Lauren's tale is one that hits a little close to home for me at times, about a mother's expectations and a daughter's interpretation of her mother's actions. So far, this one is my favorite, since the relationship is very accurate.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jody Cook

    Ehh Maybe I'm just not a fan of Michelle Miller's writing. This story was better than the last one (Candace) I read but I found it just as difficult to read. So many run-on, over descriptive sentences. I even came across one that ended in a preposition. That's a basis grammar no-no. I'm not going to bother reading the rest of these short stories. Ehh Maybe I'm just not a fan of Michelle Miller's writing. This story was better than the last one (Candace) I read but I found it just as difficult to read. So many run-on, over descriptive sentences. I even came across one that ended in a preposition. That's a basis grammar no-no. I'm not going to bother reading the rest of these short stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Mothers and daughters usually have strange relationships and Lauren's relationship with her mom is no different. Lauren comes home from her gallery opening only to obsess on the fact that her mother did not make it to the big event. She had well known people among her guests wishing her well and complimenting the opening but all Lauren can see is her mother not being there for her big moment. Mothers and daughters usually have strange relationships and Lauren's relationship with her mom is no different. Lauren comes home from her gallery opening only to obsess on the fact that her mother did not make it to the big event. She had well known people among her guests wishing her well and complimenting the opening but all Lauren can see is her mother not being there for her big moment.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Crosby

    Like mother, like daughter? This story, one of a series about eight young women living in NYC, sneaks up on one. Lauren is privileged, rich and connected to the elite of the city's society. The hugely successful opening of her own art gallery is only marred by her mother's absence. What ensues is gritty and shocking. Like mother, like daughter? This story, one of a series about eight young women living in NYC, sneaks up on one. Lauren is privileged, rich and connected to the elite of the city's society. The hugely successful opening of her own art gallery is only marred by her mother's absence. What ensues is gritty and shocking.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I usually enjoy the short reads from Amazon Original Stories. This is my favourite story from the series. It’s different from the other ones, in a good way. It’s quite a dark story. Lauren’s relationship with her mother is pretty messed up. I would have liked this to be a longer piece. https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I usually enjoy the short reads from Amazon Original Stories. This is my favourite story from the series. It’s different from the other ones, in a good way. It’s quite a dark story. Lauren’s relationship with her mother is pretty messed up. I would have liked this to be a longer piece.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Clara E. Kparr

    Need positive impact for young girls I hope the story plot gets better. These days we have positive role models to back us no matter the situation. A little confused as why one stoop that low and eat off a wall and floor when coming from on top of the world. I do understand that we all have some issues. I just hope the rest of the book can sway my opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Helen Marquis

    Fear and self-loathing On the opening night of her own gallery, Lauren appears to have it all. However sometimes there's something that money can't buy that always remains elusive, tarnishing the perfect shine. Fear and self-loathing On the opening night of her own gallery, Lauren appears to have it all. However sometimes there's something that money can't buy that always remains elusive, tarnishing the perfect shine.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bramwell

    Interesting... I'm not sure that I would have chosen this if it weren't part of The Fairer Sex series on Amazon Prime (and free to read), but it was an interesting story and I'm certain that I will be thinking about it for at least the next few days. Interesting... I'm not sure that I would have chosen this if it weren't part of The Fairer Sex series on Amazon Prime (and free to read), but it was an interesting story and I'm certain that I will be thinking about it for at least the next few days.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma Dargue

    Harrowing short story about a mother and daughter relationship that is toxic and destructive. Trigger warning for eating disorders and depictions of such. Good and thought provoking but not as well structured as some in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Picked this like many others for its short length so I could get a fantastic year end reads number. But this short involves a woman with an eating disorder. I didn't know that going in, and it wasn't a comfortable last read of the year. Picked this like many others for its short length so I could get a fantastic year end reads number. But this short involves a woman with an eating disorder. I didn't know that going in, and it wasn't a comfortable last read of the year.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    Wanted to listen to something while I gardened and wasn't in the mood for a podcast so I decided to give this a try. Well, that was mostly a waste of my time. But two stars for a surprisingly effective character sketch of Lauren's mother—I was more interested in her than Lauren. Go figure. Wanted to listen to something while I gardened and wasn't in the mood for a podcast so I decided to give this a try. Well, that was mostly a waste of my time. But two stars for a surprisingly effective character sketch of Lauren's mother—I was more interested in her than Lauren. Go figure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Les

    . This one was kinda hard as I was eating when I was listening to it so it kinda threw me off a bit. But gah! It's insane. . This one was kinda hard as I was eating when I was listening to it so it kinda threw me off a bit. But gah! It's insane.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Not sure my thoughts.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Sadness This story just made me so sad. It was dysfunctional and filled with super low self esteem. Not for me

  30. 4 out of 5

    TheLadyFebruary

    Tight, emotional story.

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