Women Up On Blocks by Mary Akers
Wow, I just finished reading my pal Mary Akers' new short story collection, Women Up On Blocks, and it was a blast.
So many good stories, but my favorite has to be "Thunderstones," about young love and family interference and the smacking effect of old time religion. Here's a line that shows how clear and evocative the writing is:
"She can feel her future mother-in-law's insipid happiness creeping toward her through the pew cushions."
These are stories about women who make, or have to make, big decisions, and Akers knows her territory well.
I heartily recommend this collection, published by Press53, which once again proves to be a great source for lively reading.