Here's one short story collection you simply MUST read: Merrill Feitell's Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes.
Every one of these clean, elegant, emotionally resonant stories is near perfection.
In "It Couldn't Be More Beautiful," a young girl realizes over Thanksgiving holiday her older sister has moved on to other, more grown-up alliances, and still everything is okay.
In "Bike New York!" a man, a week just before his wedding, wakes up late for his bachelor-cycling group and ends up riding with a teen-aged girl. Throughout the ride he examines his decision to marry.
"The Marrying Kind," nearly broke my heart. A pregnant woman goes to her baby's father's wedding and wonders whether she will tell him the truth. During the wedding she thinks back to when he had asked her to marry him and she'd been unable to make up her mind.
In "Our Little Lone Star," a middle-aged woman drives out to Arizona with her college-aged daughter's car, and by doing so, faces her fear of risks.
I highly recommend this collection.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.