She was beautiful in all the conventional ways. Striking blue eyes. Blond hair. That smile. But only the silly (well, the silly and the young), fall in love just based on looks.
She held her pen, all business, the angle of her body the perfect balance between assertive and indifferent, the tilt of her head offering also the possibility of amusement, however slight.
“So, what makes you think you’d be a good fit for our firm?” she asked.
“Oh, I don’t know,” he offered. “I tend to find that I’m a good fit just about everywhere I go.”
It’s hard to rate a book of short stories with a single “out of 5 stars” rating. Some of these stories I would definitely give 5 stars (e.g. “Sophia,” “One of These Days We Have to Do Something About Willie,” “Closure”). There were a couple in the beginning that were pretty raunchy. The J.C. Audetat one wins the “one of these things is not like the other” award. The “Kindness Among Cakes” wins for “shortest yet still thought-provoking.”
One of my favorite things to do is to go to the library and browse at complete random, picking up anything that grabs my interest. And that’s precisely how I came across Awkward Family Photos, by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack. I was not disappointed.
Awkwardness. Big time.
If you were alive in the 70s and 80s, you were in some ugly family photos, I guar-an-tee it. But this book goes beyond that. Several steps beyond that. Continue reading