By Elizabeth Strout
In “Miss Lora,” Junot Díaz masterfully places us within the brain of a teenage boy who throws apart his larger experience and pursues an intimate affair with a highschool instructor. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a baby wanders clear of her mom, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the “Magic Man.” Kirstin Valdez Quade’s “Nemecia” depicts the after-effects of a mystery, violent relations trauma. Joan Wickersham’s “The Tunnel” is a sad love tale a few mother’s declining overall healthiness and her daughter’s helplessness as she struggles to stability her accountability to her mom and her personal wishes. New writer Callan Wink’s “Breatharians” unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore within the wake of his mom and dad’ estrangement.
“Elizabeth Strout used to be an excellent reader, an writer who understands good that the sound of one’s writing is simply as vital as and indivisible from the content,” writes sequence editor Heidi Pitlor. “Here are twenty compellingly advised, powerfully felt tales approximately pressing issues with profound consequences.”
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