My review of Curtis Sittenfeld’s first short story collection (after five novels) is up at PopMatters.
Sittenfeld writes primarily about the urban Midwestern girl/woman. Here, they are mothers, wives, middle-aged career professionals — all trying to reconcile their Midwestern values with an evolving realization of their places in the world. Having lived in the Midwest for ten years myself, I know these girls and women well — they were my friends, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, and more. Some of these stories are set around the time of the US presidential election, so they are rather interesting in how they play external politics into private politics.
Reese Witherspoon is producing an Apple TV show from these stories. It will star Kristen Wiig.