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I picked this up because of the guest editor, Elizabeth Strout, whose work I love. My favorite story was Carol Keeley's "Cremains," about how a widow deals with the issues immediately following her young husband's untimely death. I also enjoyed Joyce Carol Oates's "Distance," about a woman and her complicated desire for her lover. The last story in this issue, "Marty" by Kathryn Staley, dealing with the complicated feelings of a group of high school friends much later in life, was fascinating in ...more
Great short stories! "Marty" was my fav because it reminded me so much of the complicated bunch of ladies I hung out with in high school. Captures the feel of high school; examines our complex "take-aways" and the feelings we sometimes think are buried but come back to reveal new truths about life and ourselves