This author has one of those rare “ears” for the beauty in words, sentences, and ideas. “The Closet” is reminiscent of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and “Chamele’s Rules” is reminiscent of The Help. My favorite story, that is, the most deeply disturbing and darkly beautiful, was “Fading Frost.” It was also the most troublesome. It never held my suspension of disbelief. Both the characters’ actions and complacency seemed contrived to fit the desired plot, but the plot itself was original and harrowing. Two of my favorite sentences in the book:
Between them they had 11 children, three grandchildren, five dogs, two cats, a bird and had been married 138 years.
I wonder who you complain to, or to whom you file a report, when for four days in a row the weathermen are wrong.