i can’t make myself finish.
i’ve read the first 4 or 5 stories, and while they are good-enough stories (as some mothers are good-enough mothers), there just isn’t any payoff. the prose is ok. the images are ok. the characters are ok, and the plot notions are… ok.
but a book of short stories should have at least one in the first 4 or 5 that leaves one reeling, even just a little bit. short stories are supposed to abuse a reader a little–they have to have punch. not plot-level punch, either; they have to show you something that you had never considered before.
these stories just don’t have that, for me.