The Hungry Heart deals with the universal search to fill an emotional void. Fran Metzman serves up a plate of disparate characters in this captivating story collection. A grieving husband in the darkly funny, The Right Seasoning, conjures his deceased wife's presence in the beloved kitchen they once shared. My Inheritance, tells of a grown daughter trying to find the love she has always craved with her dying mother. In the story about a woman left with the violent legacy of food that carved out her mother's life, Getting Closer, we find the characters reaching the basest and the triumphs of the human psyche. Each of the twelve stories and one essay incorporates food as a means to some end. Metzman's sure hand moves us into these fully realized worlds with passion and sprinkled with humor.