It’s kind of hard to review a story collection, especially one like this, because it includes 32 completely different short stories. So instead, I’m going to post mini reviews of four of the stories each month, for eight total posts. This month’s post is the third installment. Enjoy the next four stories, and if you missed them, check out the earlier posts here!
Three women sit on a porch, rocking in their rocking chairs and embroidering. Seems like a quaint picture of back-in-the-day small-town America, until you find out that the women are embroidering simply to pass the time until it happens.
The Big Black and White Game
At a summer resort, one of the biggest treats each year is watching the big Black and White game: a baseball game between the black hotel staff and the white hotel guests. You can probably imagine how such a thing might go down.
The Great Wide World Over There
Cora is thrilled for her nephew Benjy to come visit and teach her how to read and write, but she is so enthralled with watching him write that an entire summer passes without her ever picking up the pencil. I’m really loving these little “slice of life” stories, but they always have that tinge of sadness.
A man and woman are traveling on horseback on their way to see her dying mother, and camp out for the night in a power station. She always thought she would never need religion, but the powerhouse brings her what might be her first religious experience.by