The best-selling author of Prep and Eligible is back with her first short story collection, and it’s filled with eclectic relationships galore. If you love contemporary, mainstream literary short stories, you have to pick up this collection, on sale Tuesday, April 24th.
This collection of short stories will introduce you to cougar women, perennial bachelors, summer camp lesbians turned prairie wives, competitive high school volleyball players all grown up, husbands who make their wives buy their own engagement rings, and more. Each story is beautifully crafted and will remind you of someone you know or met once or think you might have known if you had only dared to say hello. Even though most of the stories are about older people, people in their 30s and 40s married or could-have-been-married or parents, I as a 22-year-old college student was still intrigued. I still wanted to read about these people, because Curtis Sittenfeld makes them so unique that you have to learn more. You have to read their weird conversations with their co-workers and laugh awkwardly when their old schoolmate brings up anal fissures and gasp in joy when the former second-class girl makes the washed up high school beauty queen tie her shoe.
It’s a satisfying collection, and you won’t regret reading it. I’d read Gender Studies when it was published in the New Yorker, but the other nine stories were new to me and I enjoyed all of them. I don’t think I’ll ever call one of those short stories my “favorite” because they all seemed to be on the same plane with each other, but I really enjoyed reading them and did so rather quickly, wanting to read more and more about these couples. I think you’ll enjoy it too, if you’re a short story lover!
Curtis Sittenfeld is also the author of the following books: