In her debut collection, Bonnie West transforms everyday experiences into events that are complex, sometimes heart wrenching, and frequently unexpected. The collection includes stories of teenagers with an unabashed naiveté and contagious belief that they are indeed invincible; and stories of adults who are not so unlike their teenage counterparts as they follow their hearts into compromising positions. As perceptive and observant as West’s characters are, they often over-estimate their knowledge, sharing a degree of honesty even when they delude themselves. A woman falling in love with a chicken, an angry pathologist, or a ghost at the edge of the woods seem unlikely scenarios, but as we read these stories we come to believe anything is possible. Throughout the collection, West’s observations are piercing, irreverent, and often very funny.
“Funny, sad, bold and unexpected, Bonnie West’s stories are like little nuggets of gold, unearthed by a most wise and astute miner”
— Lorna Landvik, author of ten novels, including Patty Jane’s House of Curl