Enjoyed her writing, but would prefer one book; not a fan of books with multiple stories.
This stellar collection of short stories struck me as hard emotionally as it did technically. It would be a cliche to say that Ann Packer writes from the heart. Compared to a lot of other current short fiction, especially that published by The New Yorker, Packer's accounts of the everyday travail of Bay Area residents are replete with honest-to-goodness feeling. She's not in the least sappy, but she can get a tough old guy like me to fight with a lump in my throat. Oddly, her brother--to whom she dedicates this book--is George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker. None of Sister Ann's stories in this collection have been published there, but every one of them is terrific, especially the initial novella told from the viewpoint of a young man. Grab this book and swim back to Ann Packer!
Hard to put down stories about the lives of ordinary people. Chatelaine Book Club pick April 2011: "Stellar short stories bookended by two connected novellas, both of which hinge on the theme of upheaval."
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