- Covered Bridges
- Quality Time
- Stone Dreams
- Survival Zones
- Islands on the Moon
- Bereaved Apartments
- Jump-up Day
- Why I Am a Danger to the Public
I like short stories in general because I love when an author can successfully establish characters, settings and tone in such an efficient format. None of the stories were plot-heavy; there isn't a lot happening, but they are well-written and compelling. I liked all of the stories because they include realistic, well-rounded, relatable characters. The girls and women in her stories don't have perfect lives, and in many cases, they are making hard life choices and enduring hardships in a way that has you quietly rooting for them as you read.
The stories I liked best were Homeland, which can't be described better than on the back of the book ("a child accepts the impossible responsibility of remembering her Cherokee great-grandmother's dying culture); Quality Time, a captured moment in time with a single mother and her precocious, mature young daughter, and Stone Dreams, where a discontent wife and mother, killing time with a lover, working up the will to define and pursue the live she really wants to live.
One of the next things I want to read is Kingsolver's book of essays... but first, I have to drop this off at the library!