Brownrig gives us ten short stories in TWWSTW although, unlike the title suggests, she doesn't fill it with writing on strong, influential women but predominantly ordinary and quite dull ones. Added to this is surrealism that doesn't really add to anything- in one story (The Bird Chick) a woman makes birds perform a play and that's it, that's the story. Any meaning to be found in Brownrig's writing would need a toothcomb to find and her story lines are mostly just tiresome.
Some good moments are hidden amongst reams of nonsensical strangeness- Brownrig lets herself down by not creating any sympathetic characters or approachable story lines. A potentially good writer has got lost in writing a "style" piece, which is very difficult for readers to occupy themselves with.
TWWSTW is a disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has not read and enjoyed Brownrig's writing before.