#43 -- "The Whore's Child" by Richard Russo
If I'd gone at this pace all year, why, I'd be in the 70s by now. Seven books to go, two and a half weeks. If I were a younger man, I could do it, but now... I don't have the spunk I once did. It's time to leave this reading business to younger men.
Anyway. I've always enjoyed Russo's novels quite a bit, and the same skill is on display in this short story collection... but I'm just left feeling a bit hollow. I'm much more novel-oriented than short story, and reading this as opposed to a novel is like a plate of hors d'oeuvres as opposed to a real meal.
They're all pretty good, particularly the shattering "Buoyancy." But compared to his novels -- "Straight Man" and "Empire Falls" probably being the best -- I'm left a bit unsatisfied.