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In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern illuminates the myriad ways in which women overcome adversity with wit, resourcefulness and compassion. Exploring dilemmas and aspirations that women everywhere will relate to, these unforgettable tales blend magical realism and familiar scenarios with startling and often hilarious results. In matters ranging from marriage and childrearing to politics and career, the heroines of these thought-provoking stories confront problems both mysterious and mundane: one woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin; another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation; yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him. As they wrestle with obstacles of all kinds, their reality is shaped by how others perceive them–and ultimately, how they perceive the power within themselves.By turns sly, whimsical and affecting, these 30 short stories are an inspiring examination of what it means to be a woman today.

Inspiration For This Book

With every book I write, I always say that inspiration comes from observation, from experience and from imagination and you have to merge all those things together to create a story and with Roar I think that the inspiration has been women. All women. From all backgrounds. It’s working women, working women with children, woman who are ageing who are either comfortable with that or feel that society doesn’t recognise them. Women who are ageing who don’t recognise themselves anymore, young women who are trapped in Instagram bubbles, women in war-torn countries who want to escape and have a better life, the life that they deserve. Women who are frustrated who are overwhelmed or intimidated who are unhappy in marriages, who have been in long marriages and are wondering whether to continue or not. Every single woman I meet and have met and observe and talk to has inspired every single story in this book and I think they represent all the different facets of our lives. Who we are, who we think we have to be, who we think we should be and all the different relationships we have with the people in our lives. There’s the woman who feel like they’re unravelling and need friendships and sisterhood to try and put themselves back together again. I think I’ve tried to cover all kinds of woman in this book.


"An empowering book for women, Cecelia Ahern uses wildly inventive stories to reveal a simple truth - the power to create the life we want to live has been inside each of us all along. The world Ahern creates on these pages is fantastic yet authentic. Every woman will recognize herself in these stories and be inspired by them."

­— Jennifer Palmieri, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Madam President

"ROAR is a wild and daring collection. The stories are ingenious and surreal, brilliantly and hilariously articulating what it means to be a woman today. Cecelia Ahern has crafted something of a revolution within these pages. A powerful must-read."

Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six

"These provocative and witty stories prove it's time to recognize Cecelia Ahern as one of our finest writers."

John Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

"Curiously delightful...each story resonate[s] as simultaneously personal and universal...A sharp, breathtaking collection."

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