Genre: Short Story Collection/Literary Fiction
“A collection of stories for anyone who has ever loved.
After causing heartbreak to start a new life, a lost lover comes home in ‘Dear Sugar.’ When her first love returns in ‘Euphoria,’ a young wife must choose between life and death. ‘Cigarette Break’ asks the ultimate sacrifice of a mother whose husband plots suicide. After losing everything in one night in the ‘The Hawk's Nest,’ a young woman finds her true home. 'Big J' Jim Jackson had his future all planned out but Betty was right there to intercept every one of his passes in ‘Interception.’ When she brings on her final play, he can only win by losing.”
Details about author Irma Fritz are skimpy. She has two novels available in addition to this short story collection and reportedly studied writing when she went to college in Los Angeles.
Each of the short stories in this collection have some kind of love at the heart of the story. But to call them love stories or to imply anything even close to that would leave you confused and probably feeling that you’d been misled. Instead what comes through is that different people love in different ways. That love is often hard and that a story about love can get pretty darn dark.
A small amount of adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words