Ben Greenman, an editor at The New Yorker, combines the loneliness and intimacy of men and women in unusual configurations in this short story collection. Greenman tells a story of a woman who marries a jealous farmer who punches her when he believes she’s having an affair with an artist. But, of course, there’s more to the story. There’s also a story of a brother and sister who live in a lunar colony whose father abandons them and returns to Earth. And the businessman who sleeps with women while he’s on the road. He sends his wife postcards after each infidelity. Greenman’s stories are quirky and edgy. This edition includes an interview with Greenman where he discusses his work. Greenman adds a reading list of his favorite books, too. And, I love the cover! GRADE: B
(This completes the July 2010 portion of my Short Story Reading Challenge. I will read and review one short story collection per month in 2010. To find out more about the Short Story Reading Challenge, be sure to click: “http://theshortstorychallenge.blogspot.com/”>Short Story Reading Challenge.