Follies: New Stories
With Follies, I have been skittish. I somehow sense, peeking between the covers, that Beattie is different. Mature, yes. Now an authority on the craft, of course. Something.
I tried reading “Fléchette Follies,” the novella she sneaked in there. And then I pr ...more
No one can resist comparing Beattie's grown baby boomers with their younger selves__the characters who appeared in her early short story collections. Those who were once young and aimless still lack direction__only in Follies, they're much older. This time, the author has given them a past, which is refreshing, especially as they contemplate typical middle-age concerns (parents in nursing homes, children in trouble, failed relationships, etc.). Beattie's careful language and dark wit is, as alwa...more