follies: New Stories
By Ann Beattie
With follies, one of America's finest short story writers has produced her best book in years. Using short, direct sentences and simple syntax, she explores the "necessary delusions" we use to deal with life's frustrating realities. Beattie turns a spotlight on fragile fault lines in personal relationships with these stories, many of which focus on troubled relationships between baby-boomer adults and their failing parents. There is something brave and honest in her rejection of sentimentality.