There is a certain feeling I have reading Curtis Sittenfeld's work, like I'm a little drunk and oversharing with someone who happens to be a great writer. These stories do not disappoint. Her characters are refreshingly unlikable, brash, imperfect, funny, and Sittenfeld is a genius at placing them in perfectly fraught situations; not physically dangerous, but challenging and deliciously complicated. What these stories have in common is that they all contain moments of thrilling transparency, when, for a brief, satisfying time, we are allowed to see these people (and all people) for who they truly are.
You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld ($27.00*, Random House), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.