I enjoyed this debut collection of short stories by Ron Parsons. The characters are interesting and their stories are well-told. Reading them reminded me of [b:Winesburg, Ohio|80176|Winesburg, Ohio|Sherwood Anderson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1170979482s/80176.jpg|191520], another narrative of life in the Midwest. Each story pulls the reader into a mile trek in a stranger's shoes - you touch the texture of lives and find alienation, longings, and loves woven together, as they must be to keep out the cold.
The writing is clear with mature observances that rang true to my understanding of humanity. I highlighted sentences particularly well done--something I've not been moved to do in quite awhile. In any case, I hope Ron continues to write and publish--perhaps a novel next time?