Consider This, Señora, Harriet Doerr. A compact novel that manages superbly to weave the stories of three American women and one man into the fabric of life in a tiny Mexican village. In succinct prose as illuminating and delicate as pen and ink drawings, the book is an intimate survey of the people and country.
Cream of Kohlrabi, Floyd Skloot. This book of sixteen stories spotlights the author’s award-winning style, addressing characters who are aging, struggling to deal with external life’s impacts on themselves, or sports. Each contains a fascinating picture of how the main character adjusts, well or not.
Dinner with Osama, Marilyn Krysl. The author’s ironic and acerbic point of view expands the reader’s understanding of this very confusing and often disheartening world. Politics, mythology, and life in Boulder come to the forefront. The final third of the collection is the most piercing. Here her prose is a slap across the face to awaken you to true evil possible in the human condition, set in war-torn and famine-pinched Africa.
Wild Bunch Women, Michael Rutter. While many are familiar with Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and related desperadoes, these men were not abstinent. Their female chums, lovers, even wives often were as feisty and drawn to risks as they, although the lives of these women are lost in the sands of the desert and time. Rutter patches together a history for each of nine women, relying on rumor, hearsay, and myth.