RavePop MattersWhat really makes these eight stories stand out, however, is Evans’ ability to capture weighty issues like race and class with a mix of subtlety and humor ... Most of the stories’ plots present familiar conflicts ... Yet because Evans creates characters with such compelling viewpoints, each of the stories feels like authentic and new takes on contemporary society ... Unlike many debut short story collections, none of the stories seem as if they are fresh out of a writing workshop -- they\'ve got more maturity than that. Evans’ wry humor contributes to the honesty in these stories, as the working class characters resemble real. So while the stories themselves are firmly rooted in contemporary America, the meaning they carry is artfully timeless.