Note: A slightly different version of this review appeared on Goodreads in December 2016.
"At the Window" - A woman gets punched in the face by a random stranger.
"Like Smoke" - A clerk at an airport store.
"Soft Like Snow" - A mother and daughter.
"Angelique" - Two men and a female bartender.
"Rationing Sweets" - A father and daughter, and her boyfriend.
"Absurd Hunger" - A father and son.
"The Millers" - A mother and daughter, and the neighbors.
"The Probability of Him" - Sisters and the new boy.
"Cheers" - A couple relocates to Texas.
"Negligence" - A kids' beauty pageant.
"Levity" - A woman dealing with memory loss.
"Always a Story" - A woman and her grandfather and mother.
"Composure" - An aunt and niece, and the neighbors.
"Asleep" - A mother and adult daughter, and two men.
"D20-XC8" - A flash fiction that seems to me like sci-fi.
"Untied" - A married couple and their daughter, and a mysterious woman.
"A Little Taste of Heaven" - A waitress and her boyfriend.
"A Poor Mentality" - Female roommates.
"Solitary Value" - A woman in a retirement home.
"Jim" - An affair.
"To the Curb" - A couple and a homeless man.
"Dandelion Ghosts" - Sisters and their father.
"Disengaged" - An old woman.
Twenty-three stories, no table of contents. As in her 2015 collection, After the Gazebo, a lot of her stories are about familial relationships. There's one sci-fi flash fiction, as there is in the other collection. "Disengaged" is in both collections.
She's a high-floor writer, so she doesn't write bad stories. But as I alluded to above, her subject matter includes family stuff, old age, and children. All three of these are topics I usually avoid in my reading.
Without you, life is just a bunch of days going by, a bunch of things to do.
- "Absurd Hunger"
Rating: Low 4 / 5