Jun 24, 12
Read from June 18 to 24, 2012
Although I have traditionally loved short stories, I have strayed from the genre since I've come to feel many authors exaggerate circumstances to startle and engage their reader in the short period of time they have to tell each story. Many are sad and depressing. But, like Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris, I really enjoyed these stories. It is not a collection that drags you down and leaves you gasping for air. Ann Patchett says it all in her introduction, which is also worth reading: "It is not a collection of bus crashes, junkies, and despair. Despair is much easier to write about than self-reliance."