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Posted February 28, 2009
There isn't a single story in this book that I didn't enjoy thoroughly. It is mostly about women who find themselves in oppressive situations and their efforts--sometimes successful, sometimes not--to extract themselves. "Wild, Wild Horses" is one of my favorites. Missy is married to an underachiever, has put her plans on hold for the house and the babies, but digs into a reserve of strength she doesn't know she has when faced with an emergency. She will never be the same, the reader feels certain, and nothing is going to get in her way. Kelly in "Model Home," on the other hand, lives in a house of mirrors, like a carnival funhouse, and at the end of that story the future is much less certain. But Eileen in "No Reason Not To," while also facing uncertainty, has decided to be in control of her own destiny.
These women feel real to me, as do their dilemmas. Men in this world don't win any prizes for fatherhood, faithfulness, or devotion, but they feel real, too.
It's an excellent collection that I highly recommend to readers who like short stories.