Highly regarded for her deft and humorous portrayals of the dark side of modern living, Maxine Chernoff’s latest collection is a droll, poetic field guide to the amusing, baffling, and endearing behavioral patterns of the urban human being. Chernoff fans will relish the new stories, and new readers will discover a wonderful assemblage of Chernoff’s likeable, unaffected, and contemplative characters. With the precision of a poet and the astuteness of a sociologist, Chernoff continues to establish herself as a master of the short story genre with this excellent collection.
“[Chernoff's] stories do not rant fashionably, or show off, or whine: they sing, they celebrate life and death, and they enlarge their readers.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Like a superreal painter, Ms. Chernoff treats minutiae with the importance of the important, stylistically upgrading the trivial to the essential. . . . Absurdist but loving, measuring words with an eyedropper but not a minimalist, Ms. Chernoff is pyrotechnically funny.” —The New York Times Book Review
2003 Bay Area Book Reviewer’s Association Book Award for Fiction Finalist
2003 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Short Stories Finalist