A debut collection of witty, elegant short stories that follow women from the brink of adulthood, to the labyrinthine gap between twenty and thirty, to middle age and the quiet instants in which certain possibilities disappear—exploring themes of identity, yearning, aspiration and family.
... gray areas of emotion are where the stories in this collection thrive ... a tightly crafted collection of stories grappling with the power dynamics of couples with the women in these relationships often suffering for the benefit of the men. Sestanovich writes with precise prose and winnows the narratives into the most meaningful moments in the lives of her characters. Her skill as a storyteller is drawing out subtle emotional responses even as she crafts broader narratives.
The stories contain plot insomuch as real life contains plot: we make sense and meaning out of what we're given ... The book's tiny moments are what create layers atop the unexceptional ... With Sestanovich, the everyday is a little shinier ... Along with questioning their own bodies, the women in the collection question memory — which memories can they claim as their own? How will the present be remembered? Do they remember accurately? In Sestanovich's clear prose, these questions are subtle, soft, and casual ... Sestanovich's humor is subtle and earnest. Her characters take it all quite seriously but in the ways we all do.
Sestanovich is an elegant writer whose stories deftly capture the foods, clothes and customs of contemporary life ... Over the 11 stories, told in a variety of different voices, we meet a large, angsty, mostly privileged cast of characters who nonetheless seem to reflect a society that’s been knocked back on its heels.